Lake Ontario shipping subject of lecture

Pictured here is a photograph of the Oswego Harbor that shows some of the various ships that sailed through Lake Ontario in the 19th century.
Pictured here is a photograph of the Oswego Harbor that shows some of the various ships that sailed through Lake Ontario in the 19th century.

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Historical Society will host the third lecture of the 2014 series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St., Oswego.

A program titled “O’Captain! My Captain!: Stories of Men and Ships” will be presented by Dr. Robert Perkins, author of the recently published book of the same name.

The event is free and open to the public.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Perkins speak about his book dedicated to Oswego maritime history. He has done a wonderful job documenting stories of local captains and sailors, along with the ships that they sailed in,” said Justin White, president of the historical society.

“This book gives a vivid view of what Oswego Harbor was like during the 19th century. Lake Ontario commerce played a major role in the livelihood and economy of Oswego during that period,” White said.

A PowerPoint presentation will include many pictorial images featured in the book, which will highlight the extensive maritime heritage. The title of the book comes from a famous Walt Whitman poem written after the end of the Civil War in memory of President Abraham Lincoln.

The conclusion of the war was a critical period in American history. The title of the book reflects parallel connections that Great Lakes shipping had with westward expansion during that time.

A native Oswego, Dr. Perkins is is a retired educator and administrator with the Oswego City School District. In addition he was also a longshoreman for nearly 40 years in Oswego with the local 1750-A.

He began researching local maritime history in part through his interest in family genealogy. The book will be available for sale at the event.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1896, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county.

The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information, visit the museum website at www.rbhousemuseum.org for regular updates or call during regular hours at 343-1342. 

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