The Seaway Trail, Inc. and the Seaway Trail Foundation also received awards for the “2007 Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project” from the Upstate History Alliance in 2008 and a 2008 New York State Governor’s Adventure Tourism Award. The 518-mile freshwater coastal byway was named a first-round National Scenic Byway in 1996; it was designated as a National Recreation Trail in the 1980s.
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Photo: America’s Byways Resource Center Director Michele Johnson (far left) and Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byways Program Team Leader Gary Jensen (far right) present New York Sea Grant Recreation & Tourism Specialist Dave White and Great Lakes Seaway Trail President & CEO Teresa Mitchell with a 2009 Scenic Byway Award for Interpretation for the “2007 Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project” at the National Scenic Byways Conference in Denver, CO. Sidebar: Notable Ships and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Among the notable shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail are: • David W. Mills - New York State’s first Submerged Cultural Preserve in Lake Ontario, a 202-foot steambarge that sank in 1919, Oswego, NY • Hundreds of shipwrecks in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie – begin your exploration at Dunkirk, NY • Islander – a wooden sidewheel steamer built in 1871 that burned and sank near Alexandria Bay, NY • St. Peter – this 135-foot, three-masted schooner rests (since 1898) intact and upright in the deep water of Lake Ontario, Pultneyville, NY • HMS Ontario, a British sloop-of-war that sank in Lake Ontario on October 31, 1780, during the Revolutionary War. Among the notable ships still cruising the waters of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail: • Maid of the Mist taking tourists to see Niagara Falls since 1854 (it started in 1846 as a U.S.-Canada ferry service), Niagara Falls, NY • World War II military vessels at the Buffalo Erie County Military & Naval Park, Buffalo, NY • LT-5 Tugboat “Nash” - one of the last remaining tugboats that served in the WWII Normandy Invasion, now dockside at the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego, NY • The Flagship Niagara – an historic replica War of 1812 tall ship whose home harbor is Erie, PA (Seaway Trail Pennsylvania) • A world-class collection of antique raceboats and classic watercraft at The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY And more! See for yourself! Plan your trip at www.seawaytrail.com, or call 800-SEAWAY-T. CONTACT: Teresa Mitchell, President & CEO, Seaway Trail, Inc., PO Box 660, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685, 315-646-1000, firstname.lastname@example.org