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Adirondack Museum: (NY) The Adirondack Museum, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains on the edge of the small village of Blue Mountain Lake in Upstate New York, is a regional museum of history and art whose specialties are in maritime collections -- 12,000 square-feet of exhibits on boats and boating.

American Merchant Marine Museum: (NY) The American Merchant Marine Museum (established in 1979), a national repository and exhibition center for the artifacts, artwork, ship models, and nautical memorabilia depicting America's maritime past.

Antique Boat Museum: (NY) Formerly the Thousand Islands Museum, the collection of antique boats makes this museum one of the best places to see those old Chris Crafts and many, many more.

Barn Museum: (NY) Founded in 1972, the Barn Museum contains early American artifacts and a gallery devoted to whaling and fishing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park: (NY) The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is on a six-acre water-front site in Buffalo, New York. The museum is home for several naval vessels including the USS Little Rock, the destroyer USS The Sullivans,and on-shore PT boats. This website gives the visitor a good look at the activities of the Park.

Canal Society of New York State: (NY) Come explore some of the oldest water routes in North America and follow in the wake of history. The legend of the grand Erie Canal flows as strongly today as it did when it was opened in 1825. Four waterways -- Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego, and the Cayuga-Seneca -- travel through New York's heartland, gliding past lush farmland, famous battlefields, scenic port towns, and thriving wildlife preserves. The 524-mile New York State Canal System connects with hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers across the Empire State, linking the Great Lakes with the majestic Hudson River and with five waterways in Canada.

Carmans River Maritime Center: (NY) Sam Newey operated a shipyard and boat shop at the Carmans River Maritime Center, Brookhaven, NY site during nearly the entire first half of the twentieth century, constructing hundreds of craft from rowboats to 80+ foot ferries, commercial fishing vessels and reportedly 14 tankers for the Vacuum Oil Company. Among the yachts of various sizes that he built was the Shore Bird class, designed by Charles D. Mower. Newey fashioned a fleet of forty of these lovely sloops over the winters of 1923-26 and in honor or this effort we have adopted the Shore Bird's lines for the Maritime Center's logo.

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum: (NY) At the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Chittenango, you will find a Historic Restoration Site Guided, self-guided walking tours, excavating three-bay dock where canal boats were built and repaired, a reconstructed miter and drop gates, original Erie Canal towpath, aqueduct, excavating canal boat remains and a new interpretive center and library. Also, hands-on activities and exhibits, archaeology programs and digs, group presentations, picnic area and parking with handicap facilities, a sawmill/woodworking/blacksmith shop complex.

City Island Nautical Museum: (NY) We are delighted to be able to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of this colorful past is preserved in the Society’s Nautical Museum, which is open to visitors every Sunday afternoon. A tour of the Museum’s interesting exhibits will introduce you to some of the island’s dedicated City Island’s famous yacht-builders who contributed to the successful defense of the America’s Cup. Through our on-line collection, we also offer a sampling of the images of boats and historic houses that are part of our archives.

Clearwater Hudson River Sloop: (NY) In 1966, Pete Seeger had the idea that by learning to care for one boat and one river, the public could come to care for all our threatened waterways. The centerpiece of Clearwater's public education program is the 106-foot wooden sailing sloop Clearwater, designed after the Dutch sailing sloops of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Clinton County Historical Museum: (NY) The Clinton County Historical Museum exhibits and interprets the area's history from the earliest recorded times (1600) to the present through its collections of paintings, maps, furniture, and decorative arts.

Cold Spring Harbor Maritime Museum: (NY) Whaling history where the community supported nine whale boats in the 1800s.

Delaware & Hudson Canal: (NY) The canal opened in 1828 to transport coal from Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY (on the Hudson River) some 108 miles. The museum and portions of the canal evidence the importance of this coal transport.

Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum: (Dunkirk) At the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, a cast iron spiral stairway leads to a 10-sided lantern 8 feet by 3 inches. The automated light is still exhibited through a 3rd-order frensel lens with a 90 degree reflector. The Veterans Museum consists of 10 rooms of display: Five rooms are of each branch of service: Coast Gaurd, Marine Corp, Navy, Army and Air Force. The other five displays are on Maritime History, the Lighthouse Keeper, and the Vietnam War. Displays on the grounds are: 40-foot Lighthouse Bouy Tender, 21- foot Rescue Boat, Assorted Anchors, Civil War Cannon, Assorted Bouy's, Lighthouse Keepers Rescue Boat and more.

East End Seaport Maritime Museum: (NY) Greenport's shipbuilding industry, depicted by photographs, tools, drawings, and ship models await the maritime history buff at this museum.

East Hampton Town Marine Museum: (NY) East Hampton Town Marine Museum, founded in 1966, is located high at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett, in a former World War II  navy barracks that overlook the Atlantic. 

Erie Canal Museum: (NY) Syracuse, NY was the junction point where the canal from Oswego -- on Lake Ontario -- joined the east-west Erie Canal. The Weighlock building is home to the museum where canal barges were weighed to determine the cost of freight transport. The museum is the leading history museum specializing in the Erie Canal's history.

Erie Canal Village:  (NY) Erie Canal Village is an outdoor living history museum. It is a reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal. A mule drawn Packet Boat plies a section of the enlarged canal giving visitors a taste of early 19th century water travel.

Finger Lakes Boating Museum (NY) Finger Lakes Boating Museum, where boats and boating have been central to life in the Finger Lakes since before white settlers arrived, plans for a permanent site but at present, provides visitors a view exhibits boats annually at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport and at an outdoor show in Penn Yan. It also operates a "mini-museum" at the Arnot Mall during their annual boat show. The Museum partners with the Morehouse Boat Registry for events at Cayuga Lake State Park, the former Morehouse factory where it offers workshops in restoration and building skills. The Museum publishes a quarterly newsletter, sharing stories and knowledge of boating.

Fire Island Lighthouse: (NY) In 1982, the Fire Island Lighthouse, the first light seen by many immigrants, was scheduled for demolition by the government. Standing 168ft. above sea level since 1858 adjacent to its Keepers' Quarters along the eastern seaboard of America, this Lighthouse is rich in nautical history.

Fort Hunter – Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site: (NY)  At Schoharie Crossing—1825, the enlarged canal (1840s), and the Barge Canal  (1917), visitors can view the remains from all three phases of the Erie Canal, the most dramatic engineering achievement of its time that include the Schoharie Aqueduct.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum: (NY)  Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, founded in 1939 by a joint resolution of Congress, was the first of several presidential libraries.

H. Lee White Marine Museum: (Oswego) The H. Lee White Marine Museum is housed in the former administration building for a huge, then state-of the-art 1920's grain elevator complex on the Oswego Harbor's west side pier. The grain elevator itself was demolished in 1998, but the two-story steel frame, smooth stucco-finished administration building was retained by the Port of Oswego Authority and generously provided to the Museum and is a fully-functioning museum of maritime history, with exhibit spaces, storage rooms, offices and online connections to the outside world. Traces of its original uses can still be seen by visitors on the main floor, where a few of the ceiling-mounted, belt-driven pulleys of the old machine shop have been left in place. The H. Lee White Maring Museum is located at the end of West First Street Pier, in Oswego's "Historic Maritime District,"  Visitors will experience over 400 years of maritime history.  The original lens from the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, detailed ship models and dugout canoes, are just some of the treasures that await you.  Stroll thru an 18th century Captain's cabin, discover Oswego's righ fishing history, view the historic fishing vessel "Eleanor D." then board the WWII National Historic Landmark Tug "LT-5" and canal Derrick Barge No 8.  A stop by the gift shop will complete your visit to te unique museum.

Historical Canals: (NY) As the NY canal system was enlarged and improved, the State of New York presents a list of canal routes of the original canal system, including sections abandoned by the State, and the years of operation.

Hudson River Maritime Museum: (NY) Emphasis on river transportation, its industries, and its history make this museum a must when exploring the middle Hudson River. Take a launch to the Rondout Lighthouse..

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum: (NY) USS Intrepid Museum 40,000 Ton, 900 Foot-Long Aircraft Carrier Launched in 1943 the USS INTREPID served the United States Navy for 31 years. This Essex Class carrier was one of the America's most effective military vessels along with her 23 sister ships, the INTREPID formed the backbone of the United States Navy and it's commitment to peace and freedom.

John P. Holland's Submarine - 1899: (NY) It didn't take long for submarine builder John P. Holland to decide that New York Harbor wasn't the best place to test his designs. While the protected waterway was calm enough, Holland's hope of working without interference was continually torpedoed by heavy ship traffic, curious citizens, and snooping by Navy vessels and foreign spies. So in the spring of 1899, Holland dispatched Charles Morris, chief engineer of the Holland Torpedo Boat Co., to the Greenport area to look for a new test site. Morris recommended a tiny resort community on Cutchogue Harbor, and Holland leased a shipyard. The operation expanded and New Suffolk became the home of America's first submarine base. The website tells much more.

Lake Erie -The Battle of Lake Erie: (NY) Visit this website for the Battle, the men, ad their ships especially the HMS Detroit.

Lockport Canal Museum: (NY) Nestled at the base of a historic flight of five locks, the Lockport Canal Museum offers an historical view of the original Erie Canal. Completed in eight years (1817-1825), the canal is considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats in the world.


Long Island Maritime Museum: (NY) The Long Island Maritime Museum displays and exhibits the history Of The Maritime Of Long Island! A large selection of small craft and the history of the oyster industry of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

LOST LINERS: (NY) HONORING THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN TRAVEL. The end of the 19th century saw the world inundated with change as the Industrial Revolution brought about remarkable technological advancements, the scale and pace of which had never before been witnessed in the course of human history. From the steam engine to the electric light, man's mastery over the forces of nature seemed secure as invention began to surpass the necessity that spawned it.

Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society: (NY) The Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society, founded in 1987, maintains and displays authentic objects, documents, and art relating to a vital period in Buffalo's maritime history.

Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler: (NY) The Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler has many exhibits and displays depicting the development and history of the international merchant marine, related shoreside industries, and ports and the history of the Maritime College of New York.

Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum: (NY) The lighthouse was authorized in 1792 by Pres. Geo. Washington. Now it's a lighthouse museum operated by the Montauk Historical Society.

Mather House Museum: (NY) Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson maintains a small maritime museum with general artifacts and displays, and clock museum.

Museum of the City of New York: (NY) The Port of New York's maritime history resides here for all to see and learn from.

National Maritime Historical Society: (NY)  The National Maritime Historical Society is dedicated to America’s seafaring heritage. NMHS began in 1963 as a group of maritime enthusiasts working to save the bark Kaiulani and return her to the US from the Philippines. reorganized and established itself on the banks of the scenic Hudson River, itself a waterway rich in American history.

Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse: (NY) In 1756 or '57: Colonel George Washington, at the age of about 25, reportedly visited Horton Point and felt it to be a good spot for a lighthouse. He discussed this with Ezra L'Hommedieu, who would later designate the placement of the Montauk light for Washington. Horton Point Lighthouse was built and established in 1857. The light's original optic was a 3rd order Fresnel lens. The Keeper's dwelling now houses Southold Historical Society's Nautical Museum which displays early artifacts of the Township's Maritime Heritage.

Neversink Valley Area Museum: (NY) The Neversink Valley Area Museum, founded in 1967, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, which transported coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to Kingston, New York (over 108 miles) from 1828-1898, and was a major influence in the Neversink Valley area during the 19th century.

New Netherland Museum and Half Moon: (NY) The Museum acknowledges the contributions of Dutch colonizers in the New Netherland (Nieu Nederlandt) area - today's states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware - and promotes a deeper understanding of the multiethnic and multicultural origin of our country. The chief attraction is the 1989 replica of the 1608 ship Halve Maen (Half Moon) built by the Dutch East India Company sailed by Henry Hudson on behalf of the Dutch when exploring the Hudson River for the first time.

New-York Historical Society: (NY) The New-York Historical Society, founded in 1804, maintains a variety of records on maritime history including archives, ship logs, and other library and research information and paintings, drawings, prints, and ephemera related to maritime history. De Witt Clinton, father of the Erie Canal was one of the founders.

New York State Canal System: (NY) Welcome to the official website of the New York State Canal System. The New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority, headquartered in Albany, is the proud steward for this great, historic 524-mile waterway, a legacy that was born more than 175 years ago. The tradition of navigation on New York's Canals continues uninterrupted, and the resurgence of development in the historic communities begins again, as it did in the mid-1800s.

New York State Archives - Albany: (NY) The New York State Archives was established in 1971 and opened its doors to the public in 1978 in the Cultural Education Center (CEC) in Albany. It is a program of the State Education Department, with its main facility located in the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 130 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

The Noble Maritime Collection: (NY) The John A. Noble Collection, is a museum and maritime study center includes Noble's series of 79 lithographs depicting twentieth century maritime endeavor; his "rowboat drawings," sketched from the stern of his rocking yawl.

Northport Historical Museum: (NY) The Northport Historical Society, on Long Island, has been collecting, preserving and telling the stories of the people of Northport (Long Island) for 100 years. Hop on-board a journey of discovery -- a trip that begins before the time of Columbus and brings us right up to today.

Ocean Liner Museum (NY) The Ocean Liner Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history and preservation of passenger vessels. The Ocean Liner Museum does not yet have a permanent home but mounts exhibitions periodically at different venues in the city of New York.

Oswego Maritime Foundation: (NY) While the cargo of the original lake schooner may have been grain, coal, lumber, or travelers to a new land, our new schooner’s cargo will be people of all ages eager to understand something of their maritime heritage, lake history, lake resources, and aquatic ecology. The "Education Through Involvement Program," made possible by the Oswego Maritime Foundation, is provided aboard the classic gaff-rigged 85-foot schooner "OMF Ontario" of the type that in the not-too-distant past, sailed and served as a means of transportation, shipping, and communications on the Great Lakes.

S.S. Canadiana Preservation Society, Inc.: (NY) This historic 1910 steam passenger ship will sail again, says the Society. Climb aboard and help.

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site: (NY)Following the outbreak of the war between the United States and Great Britain in June 1812, Sackets Harbor became the center of American naval and military activity for the Upper St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Ontario. The brig "Oneida," with a company of marines, was already at the harbor to suppress smuggling between northern New York and Canada. Local woodlands provided ample timber, and a large fleet was constructed at the harbor’s extensive shipyard.

Sag Harbor Whaling Museum: (NY) The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum contains the maritime history of Sag Harbor which has always been recognized for its whaling history during the 19th century. These were the days when men of all cultures were coming together to sail around the world for years at a time in search of the mighty whale.

Saugerties Lighthouse Museum: (NY) The first lighthouse at the mouth of the Esopus Creek at Saugerties was built in1838 with funds appropriated from Congress. It was constructed to guide ships away from nearby shallows and into the Esopus Creek along the Hudson River when Saugerties was a major port with daily commercial and passenger transportation. The present lighthouse was built in 1869. It sits on a massive circular stonebase sixty feet in diameter. The Saugerties Lighthouse is open year around as a Bed & Breakfast. Public tours are weekends and holidays, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Skenesborough Museum: (NY) In 1759, British Captain Philip Skene settled here building saw and grist mills, an iron foundry, and raised horses for the West Indies trade. Later, Benedict Arnold built his Lake Champlain vessels here used to defeat the British on Lake Champlain. The museum is on the Lake Champlain Canal.

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum: (NY) In 1824 Congress appropriated $4,500 to construct a lighthouse tower and keeper's residence at Sodus Bay. A year later Ishmael D. Hill, a veteran of the War of 1812, was appointed as its first keeper. By 1869 both structures had deteriorated to the extent that Congress appropriated $14,000 to build a second lighthouse to replace the original tower. This second stone Lighthouse Building, with its attached Tower and Fresnel Lens, was completed in 1871 and became the residence of Sodus Lighthouse Keepers for the next 80 years. This same Lighthouse is still preserved in excellent condition, and has been run as a Maritime Museum by the Sodus Bay Historical Society in accordance with an agreement and lease from the Town of Sodus since 1984. From the time of the first settlers in 1792, Sodus Bay was considered an ideal harbor for exporting farm products and other commodities.

South Street Seaport Museum: (NY) It took the Erie Canal to make New York City into America's greatest seaport and South Street is where the tall ships came for their cargoes. See the fleet of ships including the famous tall ship "Pekin" fully restored.

Southhampton Historical Museum: (NY) The was set up in 1951 in 1843 the house built by Captain Albert Rogers, a whaling captain, The home was owned by Rogers' ancestors from 1648. The home has period rooms, changing exhibition galleries, and a research library with logbooks and material relating to local whaling culture.

The Travels of Tug 44 (NY) Tug 44 is a 34' American Tug, the world's best pilothouse trawler. She was the 44th one built by Tomco Marine Group of LaConner, Washington. This website offers a photographic cruise log of the Travels of Tug 44 on the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal and the Hudson River, including pictures of towns, locks, lighthouses, historical structures and other points of interest on the canals and rivers.

She is a "fast" trawler, able to cruise at 18+ knots (20+ mph) fully loaded, and sleeps 4 comfortably. There is a 5kw (41 amps) Onan generator and central air and heat, and a very nice complete kitchen with stove, oven, double sink, fridge and microwave.

Her single engine, a Cummins 370B turbo diesel rated at 370 hp, consumes only 2 gallons per hour when loafing along the canals, yet still has the power to run from a storm in open waters in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tug 44 was built and delivered in June 2003, and has logged about 2,500 miles per year, mostly in the Hudson River and the New York Canal System including the Erie Canal and Champlain Canal.

Tugboat Urger – New York State Canal System: (NY)  The New York State Canal Corporation possesses numerous historical vessels, including a 1920s fleet of dredges and tugs, the majority of which are operational and working.  The flagship and educational ambassador of the Canal Corporation, tug Urger is one of two remaining bell boats in the United States and remains operational after almost 100 years!

USS Slater - DE766: (NY) The USS Slater - DE766, is a Cannon Class Destroyer Escort. Of the 565 destroyer escorts produced in World War II, USS SLATER (DE-766) is the only one remaining afloat in the United States, and the only one with original battle armament and configuration. These trim but deadly warships had the duty of looking out for enemy submarines and kamikazes as they escorted ship convoys across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Visitors have a chance to see what life was like for the sailors who manned these vessels when they come aboard this Cannon Class destroyer escort in the Port of Albany.

United States Merchant Marine Academy: (NY) The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal institution to train our merchant mariners. In addition to its educational program, it also maintains the American Merchant Marine Museum on its campus at Kings Point, Long Island, New York. Situated in the historic Barstow house on the campus of the Academy, the Museum is a wonderful place to visit our extensive collections of ship models, paintings, prints, documents and maritime artifacts which emphasize the Museum’s theme of "Ships Made in America."

Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge: (NY) Welcome to the Waterfront Museum where we celebrate our waterfront and invite the public, schools and private groups to utilize our restored barge in Brooklyn. In 1998, the Barge was designated by the United Nations as the "Regional Craft of the Year of the Oceans" for The Waterfront Museum's work in opening up waterfronts for the use and enjoyment of the general public.