Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

The purpose of this Association is to promote and enjoy the preservation and usage of antique watercraft by including its members in social events and communication.

Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association
Thousand Islands Boat Museum Tour, Gananoque, Ontario and Thousand Islands Run, May 30, 2015

Write up provided by Bill Graham
Photos provided by Catherine McLeod, Mike Gridley, Bill Graham, and Rich Hughes

May 30th was the first boating event for our club this year! On Saturday morning we were greeted at the Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque by Rebecca Keyes who is one of the two full time employees.

Rebecca is a skilled carpenter and business marketer all rolled up into one tremendous asset to the museum!

She guided us on a tour of the buildings and explained to us in great detail the plans that were in store for the site. When it is finished, it will be fantastic.

The museum is focusing on Cliffe Craft Boats that were originally built in Gananoque, Ontario by Charlie Cliffe, who still lives in the community. Restoration is underway on a 1961 Cliffe Craft that only ever had one owner who has now donated it to the museum. There is also the original motor on display

At the present time, teaching children and high school students about wooden boats is a priority. High school students have built an amazing St. Lawrence Skiff and this year they are planning on building four more.

Summer camps for small children are run with the kids painting and finishing boats that they will take home with them at the end of the week and it is all free. What a program!

We saw an amazing workshop, and all 18 of us were given a tour of the museum which is full of fantastic "stuff."

Of course we saw the Link that Jim and Merridy Watt donated and the pristine outboard motor that Murray Parnell donated. Nice job boys!!

After the museum tour, eight of us went out for a three hour cruise around the 1000 islands. The weather was sunny and hot and the water was clear. See photos of this portion of the day further down the page.

What a great way to start the boating season!

Photo second row at right shows Howard Williams who is on the board of directors for the Thousand Islands Boat Museum, who accompanied the group on the tour.