Spring Membership Meeting
Wednesday April 24 at 7:00 PM
All Buffalo Maritime Center members and potential members are invited to our Spring Membership Meeting, to be held on Wednesday evening April 24th in the shop classroom at 90 Arthur Street in Black Rock. John Montague will speak and give a slide show on the history of the organization. Pizza, wings and soft drinks will be served. Cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP by calling the office at 881-0111.
Buffalo Maritime Center
USS Trippe War of 1812 Sloop Project
BMC is working with a variety of other cultural organizations to complete the building of a replica War of 1812 armed sloop Trippe. The project has a jump start with the recent donation of a partially constructed 30' hull designed by the late Canadian naval architect Paul Gartside. This strip planked hull is completed up to the deck level. Volunteer boat builders are wanted to help push completion along in time to allow the vessel to participate at the reenactment of the Battle for Lake Erie next September. The fundraising campaign for the project continues at http://www.indiegogo.com/at/Trippe
War of 1812 Bateau Replicas:
Work on the BMCs two replica bateaux continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-9:00 pm. Anyone who would like to help out is welcome to stop in or call for more information. Crew are also needed to row and sail the two boats during a series of upcoming events this summer, see the schedule below. Also needed are volunteers with black powder experience to help out with the swivel cannon. Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 3:30, May 6-10 Training Sessions aboard Spirit of Buffalo for BMC joint programming with Buffalo Urban Ooutdoor Education. This is the training session for the summer cosponsored events with BUOE. Volunteers will sail aboard the Spirit of Buffalo as part of the training.
Wednesdays at 5:00 PM (June, July and August) - Weekly Members Row and Sail
Each Wednesday at 5:00 PM during June, July and August (weather permitting), BMC members will gather at the Central Wharf on the Commercial Slip for a weekly row and sail. Two 25-foot replica War of 1812 bateaux, the Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek, each require a captain (steersman), two to four oarsmen and gun crew. Members will row out to the Erie Basin Lighthouse and back. Conditions permitting, members will set sails. Gunnery practice may also take place. Depending on the availability of volunteers, BMC 1880 Erie boat Scajaquada and electric launch White Electra may accompany the gunboats.
Monday through Friday 1:00-3:30 August 12-16th ,19-23, 26-30 Kids at the Helm with Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education. BUOE staff and BMC volunteer mentors serve aboard Scajaquada, Electra, Black Rock, Buffaloe Creek, and other BMC small craft for on the water educational programming. Rowing portion in afternoons from about 1 - 3pm - specific days TBD.
Saturday 10:00 AM, June 22
Reenactment of the capture of the Schooner Commencement
Buffalo Maritime Center vessels will reenact the opening act of the War of 1812, the June 1812 capture of the Schooner Commencement off Buffalo Creek. The Commencement (BMC replica 1880 Erie Boat Scajaquada) will sail out opposite the Erie Basin Lighthouse. The armed bateaux Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek will represent the British gunboats. The gunboats will fire on the Commencement, then board and haul down the Star Spangled Banner and raise the Union Jack.
Saturday 10:00 AM, July 6
Bombardment of Fort Erie
The Buffalo Maritime Center two 25-foot replica War of 1812 bateaux, the Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek, each manned by a captain (steersman), two to four oarsmen and gun crew, will row or sail out to the harbor entrance opposite Erie Basin Lighthouse where the gunnery crew will simulate an attack on Fort Erie. Depending on the availability of volunteers, BMC signature 1880 Erie boat Scajaquada and electric launch White Electra will accompany the gunboats with limited space available for visitors and press.
July 15 and 16 1-4pm each day, Tifft / BUOE Summer Camp: Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek, Buffalo Harbor Ferry and other BMC small craft will do an afternoon rowing event.
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00, July 20th Classic Boat Rendevous at Canalside. More information to come. Electra to give free rides to the public.
Saturday 10:00 AM, August 10
Naval Battle Reenactment
The Buffalo Maritime Center two 25-foot replica War of 1812 bateaux, the Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek, one flying the 15-star Star Spangled Banner and the other the Union Jack will row or sail out to a point opposite the Erie Basin Lighthouse where gunnery crews will simulate a naval battle. Depending on the availability of volunteers, the BMC signature 1880 Erie boat Scajaquada and electric launch White Electra will accompany the gunboats with limited space available for visitors and press.
Saturday, August 17th 9:00 4:30 Canoe Club Keels and Wheels. Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) at Point Abino for annual in-the-water festival. Scajaquada, Electra and other boats from the BMC fleet will be made available to members and the general public for free rides.
Tuesday, September 10
TBD Commemoration of 1813 Battle of Lake Erie Possible voyage of Trippe to Ohio for re-enactment. Possible voyage of the Scajaquada if crew can be organized.
Thursday through Sunday September 12th through 15th. Tall Ships Festival. Scajaquada and Electra will give free public rides and participate in the parade of Sail. Black Rock and Buffaloe Creek will participate in races against crew members from visiting tall ships. Electra will serve as a host vessel as needed.
Shop Space Available
Do you have a wooden boat that needs repair? Are you thinking of building your own wooden canoe or kayak but lack the shop space? BMC has space available. A monthly fee includes space to work on your boat, access during regular shop hours, use of shop tools and free expert advice. Call Roger Allen at 544-5658, or email email@example.com for more information.
Volunteer Help Needed
The Buffalo Maritime Center needs volunteers to help with our expanding programs. Help is needed in a variety of areas including boat building projects, mentoring, building renovation and maintenance, office clerical and bookkeeping, help with special events, collection management, and fundraising. Call the shop at 881-0111 if you are interested in participating.
Fund Raising Help Needed
The Maritime Center is looking for a few good folks to help with fundraising. This is probably the most important job that needs to be done for BMC. We need some more dollars to finish work on the building and to pay for staff. While it is our objective to generate income from our own line of bronze hardware, boatbuilding and restoration, classes, and an online gift shop, we will need to do some fundraising to support our operating and renovation costs until those revenue streams are developed.
The Buffalo Maritime Center is located at 90 Arthur Street in the Black Rock section of Buffalo. Hours are 9:00-4:30 Tuesday through Saturday. Check out our web site for more information or call 881-0111.