Buffalo Maritime Center Initiates
Campaign to Fund USS Trippe Project
After failing to secure funding from the Niagara River Greenway Commission, the Buffalo Maritime Center and its partners, including the Friends of the Edward M. Cotter fireboat, have initiated a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money to outfit the replica War of 1812 sloop USS Trippe, now under construction in the Maritime Center shop at 90 Arthur Street in Black Rock. More information is available on the campaign web site located HERE.
Buffalo Maritime Center in the News
The Buffalo Maritime Center is in the news again. Check out the latest article on BMC's War of 1812 Sloop project by the Buffalo News
Buffalo Maritime Center in the News
The Buffalo Maritime Center and Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education partnered with the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connecton, a dropout prevention program run out of South Park High School to bring 30 students down to the Buffalo Inner Harbor to launch their recently built canoes. Check out coverage by the Buffalo News
HERE and Buffalo Rising HERE..
New Project at BMC
The partially completed hull pictured below has just arrived at the Buffalo Maritime Center workshop at 90 Arthur Street in the Black Rock section of Buffalo. Details to come.
Scajaquada Canoe Club
BMC is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Scajaquada Canoe Club. The Scajaquada Canoe Club was formed in 2007 with the goal of advocating for increased awareness of and improved access to our local waterways, goals which align closely with those of the Maritime Center. Scajaquada Canoe Club members will be entering the BMC's voyageur canoe in the Adirondack Canoe Classic this fall. The Adirondack Classic is an annual three-day, 90-mile canoe race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. Also known as the 90-miler, the race follows routes traveled by the region's early settlers and Adirondack guides and includes 5 1/4 miles of carries.
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Director and Master Boat Builder, Roger Allen, is excited to "have everything under one roof." The building was formerly the home of a once-thriving manufacturing concern. Buffalo Maritime Center has reclaimed the 27,000 sq. ft. structure as an intergenerational community facility; classes are open to everyone, without regard to gender or age. The group is presenting a special "Black Rock Skiff" course, in honor of its new community, and has prepared a healthy list of offerings for all levels of ability. Daytime and after school programming has been developed for grades 5-12, and BMC is looking for community/school partners in this "hands-on" educational endeavor.
Made possible by generous funding from M&T Bank, Councilman Joe Golombek, the John R. Oishei Foundation and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Buffalo Maritime Center's new home may one day house a bronze foundry and machine shop, manufacturing its own line of traditional bronze boat hardware; bringing the life of the building full circle.
Information on classes and the Open House can be had by calling (716) 544-5658, by visiting www.BuffaloMaritimeCenter.org, or by emailing:
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Buffalo Maritime Center Director, Roger Allen, please call: 716-544-5658.
BUFFALO MARITIME CENTER DEVELOPS NEW
INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY FACILITY
IN BLACK ROCK
Organization Announces Open House
and Expanded Schedule of Classes
For years, the Buffalo Maritime Center leased various locations around Buffalo to hold classes and showcase its historic vessels; previously boats were kept on Fuhrman Blvd. and classes were held on Niagara St. The organization, devoted to the living history of traditional boat-building skills and preserving the rich maritime heritage of Western New York and the Great Lakes, has secured a permanent home in the Black Rock community at 90 Arthur Street. A public Open House is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
"The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara reqion. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation."
BMC Announces $80,000 in Grants
The Buffalo Maritime Center is pleased to announce the receipt of matching grants from the John R. Oishei Foundation and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation to be used for renovations and adaptation of its new Black Rock facility for classrooms, boatbuilding and restoration shops. The new building is to serve as an intergenerational community center where a variety of cultural partners bring unique educational programs together.
Thanks to a generous donation from M&T Bank and other donors, the Center ended its 20-year search for a permanent home with the recent acquisition of an historic 1913 building originally built for a bronze foundry at 90 Arthur Street in the Black Rock section of Buffalo.
Initial efforts by members and volunteers will concentrate on cleaning up and securing the building and in developing plans for the renovations to be done. The new grants will be used to fund repairs to the roof and replacement of doors and windows and other needed improvements.
BMC has recently worked to expand its offerings in science, technology and math with a unique approach that has students from grades 5 through 12 do problem solving and learn those subjects while using hand and power tools to build boats. An AmeriCorps ABLE member will lead the youth education program thanks to a grant from North District Common Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. Adult volunteers will be recruited to mentor the youth as well as participate in the historic boat building and restoration programs that the Center has offered for decades. The new shop and classroom spaces in the Black Rock facility make an expanded offering possible.
In addition to boat storage, classrooms and workshops, the building will also provide museum gallery space and gift shop, meeting rooms, library and archives, as well as lumber storage, a model shop, machine shop and a small specialty bronze foundry. The new Black Rock Canal Park and boat launch is only three blocks from the Arthur St. building.
The Buffalo Maritime Center would like to thank the John R. Oishei Foundation and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for their support and also acknowledge the efforts of the members and volunteers who have been working hard to ensure its success.
The Maritime Center's signature boat, Scajaquada, a 30-foot replica of an 1880s Lake Erie fishing shallop was launched today
after an extensive rebuild. Thanks to Gary Kresser and crew who worked on the project for over a year, Scajaquada is now ready to resume her
regular sailing schedule from the Commercial Slip in Buffalo's Inner Harbor.
Scouts Donate BMC-built Bateau to Great Falls, Montana Louis and Clark Interpretive Center
After traveling 50 miles in three days down the Missouri River in a re-enactment of a portion of Louis and Clark's journey,
eighteen Boy Scouts from California donated their 25-foot replica bateau to the Great Falls Louis and Clark Interpretive Center.
The boat was built by volunteers at the BMC over the winter of 2010/2011 and then shipped by truck to Montana after sea trials in Buffalo's Inner Harbor.
Read more about the trip HERE.
Check out some construction photos HERE and
launch photos HERE.
The BMC currently has another bateau replica under construction in the Naval Park building near the Commercial Slip on the Buffalo waterfront.
Buffalo Maritime Center in the News
The Buffalo Maritime Center's search for a permanent home has made the news. Check out coverage by Buffalo Rising
HERE and another story
BMC Members Visit Canal Boat Museums
Maritime Center director Roger Allen and three BMC volunteers traveled to the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat
Museum and the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse to research details of canal boat construction. The Buffalo Maritime Center is planning
the construction of a replica 1840s Erie Canal packet boat which is to
be built on the Buffalo waterfront.