On Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp in downtown Sandusky, the Sandusky Maritime Museum and the Perry Group will unveil Riddle Boat Work’s beautiful replica of Perry’s iconic quarter boat. The christening will coincide with the Maritime Museum and Lyman Boat Owners Association’s Classic Boat Show at the Paper District Marina that same Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry could not have turned the tide against the British in the Battle of Lake Erie 200 years ago without the aid of the longboat that carried him from the sinking Lawrence to the eventually triumphant Niagara. And although Perry’s Longboat isn’t large on size, its historical relevance is as immense as any ship in the Commodore’s fleet. For this reason, it has been recreated to play its vital role in the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration later this summer.
With a bottle of ceremonial champagne at the ready, dignitaries and uniformed sailors in place, this piece of maritime antiquity is the launch of the 2013 Lake Erie Shores and Islands Summer of history.
The Christening of Perry’s Longboat is made possible with the support of the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, The Perry Group, Riddle Boatworks, The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee and the City of Sandusky. Admission to the Maritime Museum of Sandusky is $1 during the event from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and free to Classic Boat Show participates.
For more information contact the Maritime Museum at (419) 624-0274 or visit the museum’s website at www.sanduskymaritime.org.