Along the Lakeshore: July 31

A historic ship back in action

On Saturday, we slipped into the shipyard and took some pictures of the ship cradled on the lift-dock platform. The lift dock has four winches on each side to raise and lower the platform. We slipped out again and went to the seaport entrance to secure a program for Sunday’s event. Jay is very familiar with the lay of the land and he suggested we watch from a covered shed that had a large-screen TV and a view across the harbor of the event itself.

On Sunday, the coast guard band played until the start of the speeches, then every politician got his two minutes, followed by an excellent 20-minute talk by Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother, who has done an award winning documentary on America’s place in the world during the commercial whaling period.

When Burns finished his speech, the lady of honor, the great great great granddaughter of Charles Morgan, broke a bottle of water from all the seas that the Morgan had sailed. It took 20 minutes for the boat to settle down and float. The TV screen showed her drawing 8 feet when they announced her to be afloat. The plan is for her to sail to some of her former southern New England ports in 2014.

I was able get some pictures of significant parts of the show from the big screen. The roof was helpful, as the sun was very strong. The fire boat welcomed the Charles W. Morgan with red white and blue streams of water.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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