Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack guideboats’

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Our guideboat heritage


A man works at a museum

Digitizing a boat collection

Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake maintains one of the most expansive and important collections of Adirondack guideboats anywhere.

It is working to digitize that collection through a process of creating 3-D models called photogrammetry. The models will enable anyone to access more details about the boats and enable researchers to examine how the boats evolved over time. How did boats differ from the Long Lake to Saranac Lake region? The 3-D models may reveal hints.

“The guideboat is really a supreme example of lightweight boat construction—of all wooden boat construction, anywhere,” Hallie Bond, who wrote the book on Adirondack boating, told me during a recent tour of the museum.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Ausable River Association to Auction Adirondack Guideboat


WILMINGTON, NY – It’s a rare opportunity to own and row a piece of Adirondack history. The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is holding a silent auction for a ca. 1900 Adirondack guideboat in excellent condition. The guideboat was donated to AsRA by an anonymous local donor to raise funds in support of AsRA’s innovative, science-based programs that protect the freshwater of the Ausable watershed and beyond.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Willard Hanmer to Run Again

willard hamner guideboat race

An important part of Saranac Lake’s history will be remembered on Sunday, July 3. The Willard Hanmer Guideboat and Canoe race will be reborn.

The race began in 1962 as a tribute to Saranac Lake’s famous guideboat builder, Willard Hanmer.  For 50 years the race ran successfully.  Now, after a 10 year hiatus, for its 60th anniversary, “Traditions in the Green Side Group” volunteers hope to bring it back to its former glory. This group is led by Sue and Kathy Dyer.

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