CLAYTON, New York (June 9, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum announced today that the Great International Steamboat Flotilla (GISF) returns to the Museum and 1000 Islands region for a third straight year beginning June 15 through June 21.
For the past two years, the GISF has made the ABM a gathering place and have captured the attention of those on the river.
“It (ABM) is a great venue for the GISF steamboat meet,” shared Carl Kriegeskotte, GISF spokesperson, last fall. “We all look forward to our return.”
Steamboats will come and go from the ABM docks over the course of the week as the group enjoys the region, as well as the Museum. On Monday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m., the public is invited to come to the ABM for a free “meet and greet” event with the steamboat captains and explore their boats.
Approximately 15-20 steamboats will make the ABM their ‘homeport,’ while traveling throughout the region daily. The boats will be fueled by firewood provided by Hazlewood Mechanical and Wood Boat Brewery.
The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.