For this week’s #TBT, an old Oswego postcard of the Oswego Life Saving Station, in operation from 1876-1915.
For this week’s #MuseumMonday, we show you some images of canaling Oswego. The Oswego Canal, part of the NYS Canal System, first opened to shipping in 1828, just three years after the Erie Canal.
Derrick Boat 8, permanently dry-docked along Oswego’s West Pier at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum historically the northernmost NYS Canal terminus. She was built in 1927 in Syracuse, NY and served the canal system until 1984. A National Register of Historic Places Site, our organization is proud to be along the Oswego Canal, now a National Historic Landmark! #FlashbackFriday #FBF
In the midst of winter, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is dreaming of warmer weather and calmer seas and of course, the ability to continue preserving the Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Light #TBT
For this week’s #WayBackWednesday, we bring you more of the photos you all loved so much last week – those of the Cahill Family Collection at the @maritimemuseum Enjoy!
For this week’s #MuseumMonday, we take a look at an Oswego invention. Oswego, as the northernmost point of the New York State Canal System, witnessed the flow of people, and thus the flow of social movements and ideas, west to the developing heartland of America during much of the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. As such, many inventive minds and technological advances took root here, too. Seen here is the C.A. Potter Course Finder and Course Converter, patented on August 25, 1914 by Oswegonian Charles A. Potter. Potter claimed this instrument made the conversion of various course metrics more simple and accurate and, therefore, more safe. He stated that “ships are damaged just as much if run ashore by bad arithmetic as by pure ignorance. In the past, many ships have been lost by both of these causes, together with the use of inaccurate and uneasily understood instruments.”
For this week’s #WayBackWednesday, we take a closer look at USS PC-1233, stationed at Oswego, NY in the early 1950s. Laid down in September, 1942, and launched on January 11, 1943 at the Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co. in Brooklyn, PC-1233 served in the European Theater during WWII and returned to be stationed on the lower Great Lakes between 1946 and 1954. Seen here, the crew of PC-1233 in Oswego Harbor, and sailing through Rochester, NY. PC-1233 was decommissioned on July 26, 1954 and transferred to Taiwan where she was renamed Kung Kiang.
For this week’s #MuseumMonday, we take a look back to a time when commercial fisherman made port in Oswego Harbor. As many of you know, the fishing tug Eleanor D. (part of the @maritimemuseum permanent collection) was the last American commercial fishing vessel on Lake Ontario and was owned by the Cahill family. These photos, as gifts of the Cahill Family, give us a rarely seen glimpse into their lives as fishermen, fish market owners, and staples in the Oswego waterfront community.
The Bridge Street Bridge seen here was much lower, and provided direct access to the then booming canal system! As one of our favorite images here at the @maritimemuseum, the archway is in prime shape and the canal is full of barges. On the north side of the bridge, schooners are lined up to transfer cargo.