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Perry’s Longboat to Put-in-Bay Featured

The longboat waits at the Miller Ferry dock on Catawba, with Bob Reynolds, Chris Galvin and Sam Halstead. 

Jeremy Meier as Oliver Hazard Perry.

Meier and the Perry Group’s Peter Huston ride with the longboat as it arrives on Put-in-Bay.

On Friday evening’s 6:30 p.m. Miller Ferry from the Catawba dock the replica of Perry’s longboat took a ride to Put-in-Bay.

The longboat, funded by the Perry Group, constructed from plans by Melbourne Smith of Annapolis from the original plans that were with the tall ship Niagara’s plans, and built by John Riddle of Riddle Boatworks in Vermilion, was transported in style by Sam Halstead’s gleaming 1936 Dodge truck. 

The longboat’s arrival was greeted at Put-in-Bay by Peter Huston of the Perry Group, who oversaw the construction of the longboat, and a parade of antique vehicles that led the boat into town. Riding with the longboat was Jeremy Meier, who has been portraying Oliver Hazard Perry in a one-man show that he researched and created for the Ohio Humanities Council. Meier, theater professor at Owens Community College, has become very knowledgeable about all things Oliver Hazard Perry. 

After the longboat’s welcoming festivities, Meier was looking forward to celebrating his own 36th birthday Friday evening.

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