Lightning No. 1 returns to Skaneateles

Despite an initial uncertainty as to how to move Lightning No. 1 from the trailer on the street into the Boat and Transportation building, it took the 14 volunteers - including the entire staff of The Sailboat Shop-only about 15 minutes to complete the task and carefully settle the ship onto its display cradle.

"It's great," said John Jablowski, co-owner of The Sailboat Shop, after helping with the move. "It's an amazing piece of history."

Lightning No. 1 is on loan to the SHS for two years, although the Society hopes to convince Mystic Seaport to allow the ship to remain permanently.

The Society's new acquisition, along with a Comet sailboat, a Rhodes Bantam sailboat, and multiple antique canoes and rowboats, all built in Skaneateles, will be on display at the historical society's new Boat and Transportation building, which is projected to open in early July.

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