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Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

After a winter of continuous cold and snow, another weekend visit of the Polar Vortex seemed routine. The Vernal Equinox...
by: Richard L. Withington
How I found the missing American Boat Line…

How I found the missing American Boat Line…

I’ve long been a fan of the American Boat Line double deck tour boats. In fact, I’ve written about them before on my blo...
by: Mike Fesko
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part Two: The Cuttle Y...
by: Tom King
February Hockey: That Very First Goal

February Hockey: That Very First Goal

With half of the second period gone, Brydge staged a nice little rush, passed the puck to Patterson who tied the count w...
by: Brian Johnson
Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

The Thousand Islands region will, in 2016, have an  Olympian! David Ross, who will graduate from Niagara College t...
by: Susan W. Smith
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part One: The Sampson ...
by: Tom King
Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Just as both side of the river prepared to enjoy the Christmas holiday, those aboard the ocean-going vessel Orsula were ...
by: Michael Folsom
Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

So, who loves you? Hint: they are often seen around Cape Vincent driving a Valentine heart red vehicle.
by: Linda Rowe
Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica is a charming name given to an equally charming one-of-a-kind boat from a superb boat builder. She was designed ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Two Fish – Two Stories

Two Fish – Two Stories

The muskie press gallery published several stories about two giant muskies caught in our Thousand Islands. Each headlin...
by: Susan W. Smith
Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

The life of a wooden boat can be harsh. As they age, these boats are often one problem away from being unceremoniously p...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Special Weekend Guests

Special Weekend Guests

It all started with our neighbors. That is how most good things begin on Mink Island. The Navarras and the Ryans are fri...
by: Martha Grimes
A Gift from Brockville

A Gift from Brockville

Winters grasp begins to take hold. The boaters are long gone, either to a distant land or are squirreled away inside, be...
by: Michael Chahley
The Traditional Shore Dinner

The Traditional Shore Dinner

The closest I’d been to a traditional Thousand Island Shore Dinner is the banner hanging in my cottage kitchen. I’ve bee...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Closing Up is Hard to Do

Closing Up is Hard to Do

Let’s face it. We’re in love. For many of us, this romance began when we were old enough to wriggle into a life preserv...
by: Mark R. Russell
“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

It is that time of year again. The days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the geese are flocking. The evening star is ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Tattered to Perfection

Tattered to Perfection

A River Shirt is that special work shirt that is tattered, torn or splattered with paint, but it goes way beyond that.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

These days, there does not seem to be much to distinguish young river rat types. Times have changed and young people hav...
by: Hunter Grimes
Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Email, Facebook, Instagram, and all the other wondrous tools available on the Internet have made it easier than ever to ...
by: Bruce MacMillan
We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat, but Gary and I fell in love with 1922 La Tâche when we saw her at Antique Boat America. We ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Renaming Ceremony

Renaming Ceremony

When we bought our 1922 Lindsey launch in the fall of 2011, she sported the name 1922 La Tache for the favorite wine of ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

In the 1960’s, when I was growing up on Manhattan Island on the St Lawrence River, fiberglass boats were beginning to ma...
by: John Peach
“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

The St. Lawrence River town of Clayton, New York overlooking the Thousand Islands has a claim to fame other than being a...
by: Kim Lunman
A Boater's Perspective

A Boater's Perspective

I’d like to share some insights as a boater of the Thousand Islands. I’m not talking about day boaters or island hoppers...
by: Tim Kocher
Woodies…

Woodies…

Where else could you expect to meet the Vagabond King, Lady Gilbert, Red Devil and BarrTender? At a golf course on an i...
by: Kim Lunman
Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes

Is it a loafer or a moccasin? It is called a “boat shoe,” and it has a skid resistant, rubber sole. The upper looks like...
by: Tad Clark
“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

Editor’s Note: Thousand Islands  Life is pleased to publicize this important “Save our Casino Rally”.  Kevin ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

A handful of brave souls ventured out in the cold for the grand opening of the newly renamed Thousand Islands National P...
by: Lorraine Payette
Have you ever considered owning a legend?

Have you ever considered owning a legend?

The boat you are looking at is the oldest motoryacht in continuous usage anywhere in North America, and presents one of ...
by: Michael Joyce
Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping on an island has a special appeal -- that feeling of leaving the everyday back on the mainland. This quality tha...
by: Kim Robinson
What is the Land Trust anyway?

What is the Land Trust anyway?

I’ve only been working with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) for a little over a year, but in that short time I fe...
by: Corinne Mockler
The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

Any Islander will tell you, they are an integral part of keeping our river community safe. And with water levels becomi...
by: Morgan McLellan
Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

The decade of the 1920s is well remembered as a time of rapid growth in the American economy and the development of pers...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddlers, local and visiting, novice and expert, can choose from a new selection of paddling tours this season within th...
by: Celia Medcalf
A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

This summer we want to hear from visiting mariners.  Whether you are on a yacht, sailboat, or canoe or kayak – cons...
by: Arthur Bronstein
Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

"Enough of that! Now for the really thrilling news... I soloed on Sunday, April 29! Yip, I SOLOed!
by: Brian Johnson
The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

Among boaters that enjoy using their vintage craft frequently, Lyman boats seem to hold a very unique position. Many woo...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Jack Malette and Tomahawk

Jack Malette and Tomahawk

During the summer of 1912, Ralph Britton of Gananoque, Canada’s foremost canoe expert, had won every sailing race of the...
by: Karen Wand
Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

My father, Keith Taylor loved to talk about the early TIA days. He was one of the original boaters who attended the Augu...
by: John Taylor
Summer 2013  –  We are underway

Summer 2013 – We are underway

The 2013 season is officially up and running on all cylinders throughout the region. Ice has melted, birds have returned...
by: Michael Folsom
To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

The historic and picturesque lakeside city of Kingston, Ontario will become the focus of the Antique and Classic Boat un...
by: John Peach
GE at Carleton Island

GE at Carleton Island

Early in September, 1927 a steam-powered barge appeared on the water off Snowshoe Point near Henderson Harbor in eastern...
by: Timothy W. Lake
Memories of the Rideau

Memories of the Rideau

Many years ago, when I was a student at Linklater Public School in Gananoque, I used to participate in the local Royal C...
by: Tom King
The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

In the early 1900s, long deck launches became the boats of choice among well-to-do summer residents on the lakes and riv...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
The Collection Moves On…

The Collection Moves On…

I love looking at photographs of the Thousand Islands. In fact, I can never get enough of them, so when I learned that D...
by: Susan W. Smith
Quilting the River Region…

Quilting the River Region…

Readers of Thousand Islands Life well know how the St. Lawrence River inspires artists, poets, writers . . .
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

The Serious Part of Childhood on the River and Elsewhere  …Milestones When we think of our progress down the river...
by: Hunter Grimes
Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

There was no ice to thaw as the Seaway season got underway back in March due to temperatures being higher than normal th...
by: Michael Folsom
MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

I’ve heard stories, seen pictures and I’ve even seen the dusty stuffed trophies mounted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Winter’s update from Round Island

Winter’s update from Round Island

Throughout the winter season Dr. Richard Withington  provides a unique service to Round Islanders.  He writes ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Well Worth the Wait…

Well Worth the Wait…

It was about 45 years ago, give or take a few years, when I first visited the Thousand Islands. I was about 7 or 8 years...
by: Tim Kocher
Restoring an Outboard Engine

Restoring an Outboard Engine

In mid-September 2011, I visited the Thousand Islands briefly from my home in East Virginia to gather material for an ar...
by: Dave Whitford
What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

“Please remember to dump your garbage far enough from shore so it does not wash back onto the shores of Grenell.” I foun...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Bottoms Up…

Bottoms Up…

Bottoms up for the St. Lawrence River… but not the kind you would tip your glass for.  The bottom of the St. Law...
by: Michael Folsom
St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

The St. Lawrence River has served as an avenue of exploration, a battleground for national freedom fighters, a platform ...
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Found by a Rocket…

Found by a Rocket…

No I’m not talking about making a new dive site by sinking a ship with a rocket. I am talking about a lost shipwreck tha...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Getting Kids Back to Nature

Getting Kids Back to Nature

Now that my first summer as Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is winding...
by: Corinne Mockler
TIA enters the 21st Century…

TIA enters the 21st Century…

Attended by almost 300 people, this year’s Thousand Islands Association annual meeting and traditional shore breakfast w...
by: Thornley Stoker
“That’s Her” Story…

“That’s Her” Story…

Grenellians have an intense attachment to the old launch "That’s Her". For me, the stories make her seem larger...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

It stood out like a beacon, which in fact it was. For seven days, Rob Morrisette had seen nothing but water, sunrise to...
by: Brian Johnson
Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

I happened to meet a fellow the other day who asked what I did with my time. I told him that I had the privilege of bein...
by: David Dodge
I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

Editor’s Note:  On May 30, Michael Folsom published this message on his website Ship Watcher Blog.  Michael is...
by: Michael Folsom
Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? I wasn’t old enough to hold a guitar, but my Uncle Tom both played professionally and gave lessons...
by: Peg Dolan
Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates a remarkable 60 years on the throne by a monarch who ha...
by: Liz Huff
How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

From September 3rd to 9th, Smuggler's Glen Golf Club near Ivy Lea (Ontario) will be the site of the inaugural Great Wate...
by: David P. Dargie
Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

The first sign of the shipping season came early, one full day early to be exact. Mississagi made its way from Hamilton...
by: Michael Folsom
Zipper, the Flagship

Zipper, the Flagship

Her name is Zipper and she's one of the most active classic commuters in North America. During the past twenty-seven yea...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Landing at Georgina Island

Landing at Georgina Island

We rowed carefully into the bay at Georgina Island, one trainee looking expectantly into the water off the bow, waiting to spot ...
by: Jason McNaught
A 21st Century Lady…

A 21st Century Lady…

She ain’t no lady! She’s not a tramp either!   She introduces you to the 1000 Islands in her own inimitable wa...
by: James Morrison
“Pot Pourri’s” Story

“Pot Pourri’s” Story

What you see is a photograph from 1965 of the Pot Pourri plying the St. Lawrence River with a Dodge Motor Home
by: Susan W. Smith
Almost Being Here…

Almost Being Here…

I found my own way to view the river and the ships when I discovered the various webcams on www.Abay.com.
by: Tara Hutson
James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward, who lived from 1851 to 1936,  wrote a series of books on the Lost Continent of Mu  , in whic...
by: Jack E. Churchward
2011 Seaway Recap

2011 Seaway Recap

Where has the winter gone? Or better yet, where was it, to begin with? The 2011 shipping season managed to sail away un...
by: Michael Folsom
“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

"Show Girl" is the name of a pristine vintage launch that was built in the shop of the Hutchinson Brothers Boat Works in 1921
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Washington Island’s Wreck

Washington Island’s Wreck

The 1876 St. Lawrence River Chart No 6, drawn by the US Army Corps of Engineers, listed a wreck off Washington Island in...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Orders were received for the Dunn Motor Works vehicle from as far away as India and China.
by: John Peach
The “Cangarda” Story

The “Cangarda” Story

There is, probably, no steam yacht on the St. Lawrence River that brought more delight to passengers, or spectators, tha...
by: Dick Sherwood
Ice Fishing Anyone?

Ice Fishing Anyone?

On Saturday, January 28th, Alexandria Bay held their Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Each year Ice Fishermen (and women) and y...
by: David Pritt
Chasing the World Record Muskie…

Chasing the World Record Muskie…

It was a really good hit, I grabbed the rod, set the hook and checked the drag. Dan was right next to me and I said, ‘Here...
by: Rich Clarke
The Essence of an American Christmas

The Essence of an American Christmas

Getting to Grindstone - First glitch, the boys had thrown locking hitches on the dock lines. NEVER a locking hitch after November 1!
by: Richard L. Withington
50 Year Old Sailing Memories

50 Year Old Sailing Memories

We finished last. We’d learned about starting, spinnakers that the Lightnings could deploy downwind, and how to get around the course without fouling.
by: Dave Whitford
“Taps” a Reveille Classic

“Taps” a Reveille Classic

The magnificent launch was completed on schedule as promised. Wela Ka Hao met Col. Wilber's expectations so completely that it became his principle boat for the next twenty-five summer seasons.
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

I'm not sure why shipwrecks fascinate me. Maybe it's because I watched a boat sink while standing on my parent's beach i...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Anchors Away…

Anchors Away…

From the moment the anchor emerged dripping from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the twelfth grade students of Tho...
by: Hayley Jones and Laura Kelly
The Ship named “Supply”

The Ship named “Supply”

The summer of 1904 proved to be the debut in quantity of the gasoline launch in the Thousand Islands. The Syracuse Post ...
by: Rex Ennis
“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

The warm spring sun reflected brilliantly off the freshly varnished woodwork as Jack Preston guided his brand new blue a...
by: Tom King
All Sorts of Boats

All Sorts of Boats

Have you been to Clayton lately? If not, you are probably missing out on some interesting sights along the water. For...
by: Michael Folsom
The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

Mix well: Seven months and $400,000. Add one motel owner, a lawyer and partner with a small boat company. Strain and pre...
by: Brian Johnson
About Hunter Grimes

About Hunter Grimes

“Sure is,” he said. “That was a hard crash. When I woke up in the ambulance and saw that white ceiling and the light, I thought ...
by: Dave Whitford
Protecting “One Dive at a Time

Protecting “One Dive at a Time

“If there’s that much trash in this one little area, then how much is in the entire river?” asked a spectator on a Septe...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

The 1000 Islands is a playground for a multitude of summer water-based activities. Swimming, rowing, kayaking, wake-boar...
by: Tad Clark
An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

Without the motor power, we still felt the boat dancing on the rocks and getting pushed around by the waves.
by: Konrad Linckh
Seeing Underwater…

Seeing Underwater…

“So spooky to see boats just sitting on the bottom, waiting for the end of time”, was the reaction of one of the visitor...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Cranker’s Machine Shop

Cranker’s Machine Shop

During the early to mid-1900’s, Alexandria Bay’s boat building and repair business included several machine shops. My fa...
by: John Peach
Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

As the summer of 2011 rapidly comes to a close I find myself thinking about our latest two-week cottage vacation and rea...
by: Tom King
Tinkering

Tinkering

Dave Whitford provides an article titled: "Tinkering" and a tribute to the late Riggs Smith whose contributions to the River community will be long remembered.
by: Dave Whitford
Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

In the Gilded Age, as now, American’s love sports; hotels, clubs, and communities had teams. The Thousand Islands region...
by: Rex Ennis
1904

1904

June 1904 marked the beginning of the Gold Cup Races, considered power boat racing’s ultimate contest in North America a...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Welcome back Jim…

Welcome back Jim…

How many of us wish we could live, work and play golf in the Thousand Islands? James (Jim) Hungerford, who left the Rive...
by: Susan W. Smith
Honoring Hutchinson

Honoring Hutchinson

I started looking for sources of Hutchinson history to see if there might be enough material available to actually create a modest exhibit...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Ship!

Ship!

SHIP! It’s a game we started when my husband retired nine years ago. It’s nothing original. We actually got the idea fro...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Northern Marine’s  community…

Northern Marine’s community…

Imagine if there was no gas station near your home, no mechanic to fix your car, or, when at home, no place to park your...
by: Susan W. Smith
Leaky Boats

Leaky Boats

I then knew, well before anyone else my age, that life’s basic needs were food, clothing, shelter and a boat...
by: Hunter Grimes
Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

The portal to our magical island world starts in Fishers Landing at Chalks Marina. I think my heartbeat doubles as soon...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Tom King’s Internet Research

Tom King’s Internet Research

I love the internet! It seems that not a day goes by without me marveling at the vast array of information that is avail...
by: Tom King
Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Getting stranded on an island with your students may sound like a teacher’s field trip nightmare, but in St. Lawrence Is...
by: Kim Robinson
120 Years and Counting

120 Years and Counting

"There's something pretty special going on here" says Scott MacCrimmon surveying the crowded room. It’s early January in...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
More Nostalgic Vessels

More Nostalgic Vessels

I dug into the family archives and found some more great pictures of interesting and memorable boats that plied both the American..
by: Tom King
St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

In December 2010, The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique Classic Boating Society published this article written by Tony...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

The 1st part of my trip was really fun.. the last part 'not so much'.. it was becoming Man vs Wild back there..
by: Susan W. Smith
How Dixie II got its name…

How Dixie II got its name…

What a thrill it was when a package arrived recently from a man I had never met, Bill Schroeder. The envelope contained ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

100 Years Ago:  “The familiar sound of a put-put from the vicinity of Washington Island caused people to look at on...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Tim Jowett is a dedicated fisherman.

by: Kim Robinson
Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Women stayed in their own camp from five o’clock in the afternoon ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
“Que’ Sara”: Basket Case to Beauty

“Que’ Sara”: Basket Case to Beauty

The Restoration of a Que’ Sara, a 1932 18’ Gar Wood           ...
by: John Peach
Hutchinson Boat Works

Hutchinson Boat Works

One of the best known and longest operating boat building businesses on the St. Lawrence River is Hutchinson Boat Works, Inc.
by: Bonnie Wilkinson Mark
First Airplane Service in the Islands

First Airplane Service in the Islands

Sightseeing flights over the islands were very popular. People loved to do the unusual, talk about it and maybe get their names in the paper.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

You could always tell the river kids who were living the really good life from the ones who were not. It had nothing to do with family fortunes
by: Hunter Grimes
A Nautical Hitchhiker…

A Nautical Hitchhiker…

As a nautical hitchhiker, I've explored the Thousand Islands by tall ship, cruise ship, power boat, canoe skiff, Sea-Doo...
by: Kim Lunman
Fish Tales

Fish Tales

I learned to fish here in the Thousand Islands the year before we were married. My husband, Gary, grew up fishing. It wa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Saving “River Runner”

Saving “River Runner”

My earliest recollection of "River Runner", our spectacular 1926 Hutchinson Brothers sedan, was of a gray painted work
by: John Peach
What is around the bend?

What is around the bend?

Hunched, damp and tired, we look at the scribbled number on the page and debate calling the U.S. Coast Guard. Almost 24-...
by: Trevor Brightman
About the Skiff…

About the Skiff…

Our 1902 St Lawrence Skiff “Bobby” was my salvation as a teenager. It was 1961 and our cottage on Comfort Island was easy rowing distance from Alexandria Bay, NY.
by: Tad Clark
“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

When I met Anthony (Tony) Mollica at a recent gathering, I told him that I...
by: Susan W. Smith
46 Years and Counting…

46 Years and Counting…

The Antique Boat Museum's 46th Annual Boat Show in Clayton, held over the July 30th - August 1st weekend, attracted over 7000 visitors
by: David Dodge
What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a Building? Bricks, mortar and a lot of wood. But the Gananoque Canoe Club (GCC), now known as the Thousand Is...
by: Gretchen Bambrick
Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Louis Richards wrote, "It is a chapter in the story ...
by: Kim Lunman
Tony Mollica’s Boats

Tony Mollica’s Boats

The Central New York winter season has become my model building time. Several models have been built for collectors...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

One of the most luxurious steam yachts of the Thousand Islands was a floating fixture on the St. Lawrence River during t...
by: Kim Lunman
River Memories

River Memories

I captained the old Snider 1000 Islands tour boats from 1978 to 1980...
by: Paul Reilly
Early Pugilism in the Islands

Early Pugilism in the Islands

In 1867 the Marquess of Queensbury brought structure to the sport of prize fighting. These rules instituted the three mi...
by: Rex Ennis
Rideboat

Rideboat

We were headed back upriver, the last scheduled ride on a sunny, August Sunday afternoon. The boat was running well, sli...
by: David Dodge
Counting Down the Days…

Counting Down the Days…

  For me, there are only three seasons: Pre-River Season, River Season and Post-River Season. Pre-River Season s...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“Arctic Goose”

“Arctic Goose”

When the St. Lawrence River freezes over, one mode of transportation is by “ice boat” or “air boat”, as they are called ...
by: Rex Ennis
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

What’s one of the very first things you think of after purchasing a new boat? Perhaps you think to yourself, what will I...
by: Michael Folsom
K.I.S.S.R - Keep It Simple Sailing Regatta

K.I.S.S.R - Keep It Simple Sailing Regatta

Saturday August 1st, proved to be a perfect day on the St. Lawrence River in the Admiralty Islands for the first Annual ...
by: Douglas Goodfellow
Up Close by Kayak

Up Close by Kayak

One of the best ways to see a spectacular string of islands known as the Admiralty Group in the St. Lawrence River is up...
by: Kim Lunman
TIA Invites you to Breakfast

TIA Invites you to Breakfast

The Thousand Islands Association (TIA) will be holding their annual general meeting on July 25 at the Thousand Islands P...
by: Patricia Tague
Crooked Creek May Morning

Crooked Creek May Morning

The morning trip through Crooked Creek follows a route that brings a myriad of contemplations as well as a collage of co...
by: James Rappaport
Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

  I was once spotted by innocent onlookers who crowned me to be the "crazy guy in a little boat with a big flag," i...
by: Michael Folsom
Keep Grindstone on the Left

Keep Grindstone on the Left

Editor's Note:  This month we received two short stories written by friends who paddle together in the summer. Both...
by: Kathy Kempson and Peggy Hart
Training On Ice

Training On Ice

Ice on the mighty St. Lawrence is beginning to thaw, but as light snow fell on the morning of February 22, nearly thirty...
by: Michael Folsom
Danger On Ice

Danger On Ice

We were going to contact you about going airboating with us, but we had a small mishap a few weeks ago.
by: Michelle Argersinger
Research at Governor's Island

Research at Governor's Island

The Thousand Islands Biological Station (TIBS) is located on Governor's Island, near Clayton, NY, and is an important re...
by: John Farrell, PhD
The MacNair Forty-Acre Muskie

The MacNair Forty-Acre Muskie

A “Monster” muskie was caught in the Thousand Islands on November 28th by Ottawa resident Dale MacNair who was with his ...
by: David Ray & Susan W. Smith
Spring into the Boating Season

Spring into the Boating Season

February, the dead of winter, and here we are thinking spring. We asked Roland Pootmans and his wife, Danielle, if they ...
by: Roland Pootmans
Clayton: a Boating World

Clayton: a Boating World

There can be no disputing Clayton is the boating capital of the Thousand Islands both on land and in the water. This small U.S. town on the St. Lawrence River has been transformed ...
by: Kim Lunman
Concours d'Elegance

Concours d'Elegance

What do Pebble Beach, California; Amelia Island, Florida; Michigan's Meadowbrook Hall; Lake Como, Italy; and hopefully t...
by: Ian Coristine
Sinking a Scuba Mecca

Sinking a Scuba Mecca

We think of landmarks as being on land, but we have underwater landmarks on the river. Soon we may have one more. A non-...
by: Paul Malo
Original River Houseboat, Balboa

Original River Houseboat, Balboa

The Clark family of Comfort Island in 1893 acquired the first houseboat on the river, the Comfort (later Balboa). As Pau...
by: Paul Malo
Party of the Century

Party of the Century

Nearly a century has passed since the first golden age of the Thousand Islands ended. A "funeral" party in 1913 at the T...
by: Paul Malo
The Vision of the Anglers' Association of the St. Lawrence River

The Vision of the Anglers' Association of the St. Lawrence River

Instead of our patchwork of public parklands on the river, we might have had—and perhaps almost had—a larger...
by: Paul Malo