Steamboats of Canandaigua Lake

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Date(s) - 06/18/2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

East Bloomfield Historical Society

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The Steamboats of Canandaigua Lake — their builders and pilots, why they were built the way they were, and how they were used.”

The steamboat era on Canandaigua Lake is discussed and includes photos.   Evolution of the steamboat is covered from Scotsman James Watt’s first use of steam for power in 1769.  In 1787 John Fitch made the first successful trial version of steamboat on Delaware River and was granted first US Patent for steamboat in 1791.  Robert Fulton developed the first commercially successful steamboat.  In 1807 the Clermont made the 150-mile trip up Hudson River from NY to Albany in 32 hrs, beginning era of steamboat.  The first steamboat on Canandaigua was Lady of the Lake beginning 1827.  Soon railroads began connecting with steamboat.  Last carrying passenger was the Eastern Star 1912-1932.   Idler 1935-1957 ran on an irregular basis.

Presented by Ray Henry, a life-time Canandaigua area resident, He graduated from Canandaigua Academy, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from RIT and an MBA from the William E. Simon School at the UofR. Ray is a past Trustee of the Ontario County Historical Society. He is currently Town of Canandaigua Historian, a Registered New York State Public Historian, Manager of OCHS’s Centennial Barn Project, and has authored three books on local history.

Refreshment and informal conversations follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!!

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