OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s “Waterfront Open House” being held in the Historic Maritime District on May 21 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., has added several new activities.
The first is “man overboard” demonstrations conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Oswego Station, as well as a working New York State Canal canal-lock model and helicopter flyovers which will take place at the beginning of the day.
In addition, visitors can try their hand at the US Power Squadron “Boating Skills Virtual Trainer.”
This premier interactive simulation-based boating safety program is provided through a grant from the US Coast Guard.
“This event will be the kick off to National Safe Boating Week. It is very important to the Coast Guard that we work with our fellow agencies to ensure that we get the most updated information to the public regarding boating safety,” said BM1 Kristopher Rady, executive petty officer at the Oswego station.
Free vessel safety checks will be conducted by the USCG Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron nearby in the public outer parking lot near the USCG station on Lake Street.
Visitors will be able to see a Dragon boat up close and experience sitting in one as well as a kayak or small sailing craft.
Displays will be available from each partner organization as well as demonstration opportunities and information on upcoming water related events.
Members of the Ship #876 Sea Scouts will be on hand to talk about youth opportunities through their program.
The public will learn about boating safety and fundamentals as well as other on-the-water activities.
Learn more about the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration project at a table near the museum’s main building and future public trips to the lighthouse.
The museum’s vessels and Treasure Chest Gift Shop will be open during the day.
A new exhibit “Above and Below: Shipwrecks of Central New York” will be open for viewing and is in partnership with NY Sea Grant.
The USCG Auxiliary mascot “Coastie” will be available to interact with children and visitors of all ages.
Also on hand will be a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat.
Information about other water related activities will be available as well as educational materials.
This event is a partnership of the Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, Oswego Expeditions, Oswego Yacht Club, Oswego Dragon Boat Club, Oswego Police and Fire departments and the U.S. Power Squadron District 6.
The museum is open every day from 1-5 p.m. with expanded hours July and August from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information, call 315-342-0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org