Photo Hunters: Nautical

The theme this week is “nautical.” We’ve been to our share of nautical sites and museums, at least a dozen since we have been traveling seriously. This week, I’ll focus on a place I haven’t mentioned much: The H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, NY. This small museum is located at the harbor, on Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is a very old, historic area (as far as North America goes). Battles for the French and Indian War in 1757, the American Revolution in 1776, and the War of 1812 (in, uh, 1813, haha) were fought here. And that doesn’t even take into account all the Indian (Huron and Iroquois) battles and fur trading post fights that occurred here.

So we visited the museum, which was stuffed to the gills with nautical items and history. Outside the museum is a little tugboat. Tours are allowed on it, but when we visited, the tug was roped off.

05 Oswego Maritime Marina

05 Pier at Oswego Maritime Marina

The museum was filled with artifacts, stuff pulled from shipwrecks, and more. It was a great place to explore.

05 Oswego Maritime Marina Museum

05 Checking out the muskets

Inside one area is a secret alcove, a “hidey-hole” that was used to hide slaves in the Underground Railroad. As Canada is just across the water, I assume this hidey-hole may have been one of the last refuges in New York before the slaves were secretly expedited to Canada.

05 Hidey-Hole of Underground Railroad

And the lake is just beautiful. We explore the shores.

05 Boys off shore at Fort Ontario

05 Lake Ontario waves

How did your Photo Hunt go today? Leave your link in the comments!

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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