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OMF Ontario Open For Tours During Harborfest

OMF Ontario officially sails into Oswego Harbor on August 27, 2005.

OMF Ontario officially sails into Oswego Harbor on August 27, 2005.

OSWEGO, NY – Deck tours aboard the schooner OMF Ontario will be offered during Oswego’s Harborfest celebration.

Tours will be available at the West Pier.

OMF Ontario officially sails into Oswego Harbor on August 27, 2005.
OMF Ontario officially sails into Oswego Harbor on August 27, 2005.

The times are as follows:

July 25 from 10 a.m. – noon and 3 – 5 p.m.

July 26 from 10 a.m. – noon and 3 – 5 p.m.

July 27 from 10 a.m. – noon.

The ship was built by a crew of “dedicated volunteers.”

History 1988 to 2012

June 25, 1988 – Official keel-laying

July 2, 1994 – OMF Ontario hull launched 115 years to the day of the last schooner, Leadville, which was launched in Oswego on July 2, 1879, at Goble Shipyard and Drydock.

August 27, 2005 – Commissioning ceremony OMF Ontario officially sailed into Oswego Harbor.

August 13, 2008 – Schooner sailed to Sodus Bay for hull inspection and maintenance. Invasive microbiological induced corrosion was discovered resulting in steel hull replacement below waterline.

June 27, 2012 – OMF Ontario returned to Oswego for Harborfest 2012 for a successful sailing season.

The Future

OMF Ontario will serve as a floating classroom for education.

The Education Through Involvement Program, developed by the Oswego Maritime Foundation, will take organized groups under sail on Lake Ontario.

The ETI Program will utilize a hands-on approach to learning about the history, heritage, resources and ecology of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes schooners transported people, manufactured goods, grain, coal and lumber throughout the region for most of the 19th century and many were built here in Oswego until 1879.

Rail and steam replaced schooners in the 20th century.