Ever since I left this place, I keep telling everyone I meet to go there. Located in the beautiful and unique 1000 Islands area of Northern New York, it is a very special place for lovers of shiny, old wood.
What the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Museum does for aviation, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY does for personal watercraft.
This place has a little bit of everything.
This museum has 4.5 acres filled with freshwater boats of all sorts. I went a little crazy and took a ton of photos. They are all in the gallery below or you can go directly to our Flickr page.
I addition to all the awesome watercraft in their collection they also offer boat building classes, educational courses for youth and adults, and they host an annual boat show in the summer.
Pardon Me – the world’s largest runabout.
By far, my favorite boat at this museum was Pardon Me. Designed by John Hacker, one of the premier designers of powerboats, Pardon Me was built in 1947 in Alexandria Bay, NY. The boat is huge for its type and is beautifully appointed. No detail was overlooked as evidenced by the chromed protectors on the bow to keep the bow line from rubbing the varnish.
The vessel was supposed to be a large, high performance boat to amplify the fun that could be had in a small powerful runabout. Unfortunately, it didn’t perform as hoped and was under-powered and difficult to control. Over the years, the boat changed hands and new owners tried to upgrade the boat to meet the original expectations of the design. Eventually, the power for the boat was found in a new Packard engine and cooling system and Pardon Me could finally make waves in the 1000 Islands as intended.
I could just imaging blasting by someone in this huge speedboat while politely yelling “Pardon Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”
Pardon Me is currently in the water in the boathouse at the Antique Boat Museum. If you are lucky, you might get to see it screaming around the islands.
Does this poster style look familiar?
It was created by an ad man of the day named Theodor Geisel. You may know him better as Dr. Seuss. Yep, decades before “The Cat in the Hat” and the “Lorax”, Dr Seuss was developing his style selling oil and greases for Essomarine.
I know I’ve shown a lot, but there is still a lot more to see. Get yourself up to the 1000 Islands, get some 1000 Island dressing, go see a castle or two, and then head on over to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.
The official website for the Antique Boat Museum – www.abm.org
750 Mary Street, Clayton, NY 13624