Friday, July 27, 2012

45 years ago!

The Clayton Diving Club Inc. was formed in 1967 and incorporated in 1968. It went on to buy land, had several dive boats and for over 30 years operated as an active Dive Club. In the late 1990's its numbers decreased and eventfully it divested itself of its assets and functionally stopped operating.
This video provides a glimpse into the exciting and interesting first years of sport scuba diving in the Thousand Islands. In 2010 a new Clayton Diving Club formed to carry on the rich tradition of scuba diving in Clayton, NY.

Video by:
Pictures: Skip Couch, Dennis & Kathi McCarthy
Song: "Ghost Fleet" by Tom Booth, Watertown NY (2010)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Schooner A. E. Vickery

August 17, 1889, the three-masted wooden schoonerA. E. Vickery struck the shoal above Rock Island Lighthouse while entering the AmericanNarrows with cargo of 21,000 bushels of corn destined for Wiser’s Distillery at Prescott, Ontario. She was launched July 1861 at Three Mile Bay, N.Y. as the J.B. Penfield and renamed the A. E. Vickery on February 25th, 1884. She was about 130 feet long by 26 feet wide and had a depth of hold of 11 feet

Side scan of the A.E. Vickery

Vickery's bow and hawse pipe

Vickery's windless and tow bit

Vickery's main deck

Vickery port hull