Tugboat Bowditch and landing vessels Maple Grove and Thors Hammer, all of which are based in Clayton, will join tall ship Lynx on display at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock at Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday, June 18. The day has been dubbed as “Seaway Day” and will highlight these Seaway work boats, which are key players in the region.Tugboat, Landing Vessels to be on display Clayton, N.Y. - Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today the addition of three local vessels, which will be on display during "Seaway Day" on June 18. Tugboat Bowditch and landing vessels Maple Grove and Thors Hammer, all of which are based in Clayton, will join tall ship Lynx on display at the Thousand Islands Regional Dock at Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday, June 18. The day has been dubbed as "Seaway Day" and will highlight these Seaway work boats, which are key players in the region. Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty has partnered with local Captain DeWitt Withington who will coordinate the appearance of the vessels, along with Abaco Marine Towing LLC, RJ Marine Associates and Patch Seaway International. "Abaco Marine Towing LLC, RJ Marine Associates and Patch Seaway International are proud to partner with Sailing Seaway Clayton in support of Seaway Day. Clayton and the St Lawrence Seaway have a rich commercial shipping history, and we are proud to show our part of it," said Captain DeWitt Withington of Abaco Marine Towing, LLC. Bowditch is a former US Army tug built in 1954. The boat has seen time in Puerto Rico, on the Gulf and East Coasts and along the Mississippi River. Bowditch was key in removing the grounding barges from Comfort Shoal on the St. Lawrence River last October, which became stuck after ocean tug Commodore Straits drifted out of the shipping channel. Maple Grove is a 74-foot former US Army landing vessel built in 1954 and served in Guam before settling on the Great Lakes. Maple Grove played a key role in last October's barge grounding on Comfort Shoal near Alexandria Bay as materials were brought to and from the scene onboard the vessel. Thors Hammer is a former US Navy landing vessel. The 135-foot vessel served an astonishing career in Antigua, Panama and the Gulf Coast. All three vessels now call Clayton their home port and service the Thousand Islands region and nearly the entire St. Lawrence Seaway. Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty will kick-off on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 Noon for the Grand Arrival hosted by The Ship Watcher when the highlight of the event, tall ship Lynx, is scheduled to arrive in Clayton under her full sails. The ship will also make its presence known throughout the islands with cannon blasts as they approach the village. Lynx will be on display beginning the evening of Tuesday, June 14 through Monday, June 20. The evening of Tuesday, June 14 will feature a closed and private viewing of the ship for a select number of Wounded Warriors from Fort Drum, courtesy of Davidson Auto Group. Beginning on Wednesday, June 15 and running each day through Monday, June 20 the ship will be open to the public for deck tours and sailing excursions to benefit the Lynx Educational Foundation. Deck tours are a $5.00 donation (children 12 and under are free), while daily 2-hour sailing excursions are only $55.00 per person (seniors and military are $45.00 and children 12 and under are $30.00). Excursions can be booked in advance by visiting http://www.theshipwatcher.com or by simply visiting the ship during the week. Sailing excursion space is limited. Additional events are currently being planned for the weekend of June 17-19 and will be announced at a later date. Sponsorship opportunities also remain for businesses interesting in being a part of this unique event. Want the entire ‘scoop' on the event, then be sure to log onto www.theshipwatcher.com and click the ‘inside scoop' presented by The Scoop ice cream shop in Clayton. Sailing Seaway Clayton is in its first year of existence and was created to bring attention and highlight the beauty of the region, its rich boating and sailing history and the popular summer destination of Clayton.

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Photo: Bowditch (provided by Abaco Marine Towing, LLC) Contact: Michael J. Folsom (315) 374-5273 theshipwatcher@yahoo.com