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December Board Meeting

Posted by Sharon D. on November 15, 2016 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (3)

Please note that the December 14th Board Meeting is cancelled due to the fact that we hold our Annual Membership Meeting on December 3rd.  Information regarding the Annual Meeting is posted on the front page and Upcoming Events.

Lawson Center Promotion

Posted by David Albertson on April 20, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)

"Dear Mr. Thrasher


The Lawson Center Boat Museum in Bemus Point NY would like to offer free admission to members of your ACBS chapter this summer.


We are hoping that you will consider inserting the attached pdf file into your Spring chapter newsletter. If your members bring a copy of the insertion to The Lawson Center any time this summer, they will get 2 free admissions.


Thank you for your consideration.



Pat Baldwin, Trustee

The Lawson Center


Lakeside Drive

Bemus Point, NY 14712"

Press Release - 37th Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta

Posted by David Albertson on August 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (3)

37th Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta

Saturday, September 6th

Buffalo Launch Club

503 East River Rd

Grand Island NY 14072

10am through 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Chapter – Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Buffalo Launch Club

Open to the public on September 6th

No Admission charge - However there is a $10.00 per car charge for parking


Feature Attractions for 2014

Unlimited hydroplanes

3 unlimited vintage hydroplanes powered with a V-12 Allison airplane engines. These boats are over 30 ‘ in length. Boats of this type ran at the Buffalo Launch Club in the late 50s and early 60s and reach speeds of over 100 mph!

Miss US IV –U 36–From Nebraska

Gale V – U 55 From Arkansas

Miss Budweiser – From Indiana

“Glassics” - Vintage fiberglass boats from the late 50’s featuring exotic fins and sculptured shapes dominant in car and boat designs of that era.


“Woodies” – A variety of wooden boats from the turn of the century to the 60’s when they began to be replaced by their fiberglass counterparts. A wide variety of manufactures will be represented such as Chris Craft, Century, Richardson, Penn Yan, and Garwood. These mahogany boats with their glistening finishes will dazzle spectators with their beauty and grace.


Auction Rides – You will have an opportunity to bid on a ride on a number of these wooden beauties – Auction rides will take place at approximately 3:30 pm.


Vintage race boats – Action is the theme for this event. The hydroplanes and Jersey Speed Skiffs will churn up the waters on the historic BLC course from 10 am until 3:30.


WNY Offshore Powerboat Association – Will have a display of 10 of these noisy and fast race boats. The evolution of this class of boats will be represented in the boats on display.


Hand to Hand Youth Program – Students from the classes being held at the Buffalo Maritime Center will display their boat building skills at the show. The program pairs an adult as a mentor for each youthful participant. Building a boat during the course of the day will be a main attraction. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Maritime Center to expand the program this fall.


Land Activities

Vintage Car Show – featuring 100 classic cars

Nautical vendors

Wooden boats for sale

Outboard motor displays

Food and beverages

Model boat displays

Kids Camp – where children can build and then float their boat in a

specially constructed water table

Ladies Boutique Area- Vendors from the Larkin Building


As you can see there is something for everyone. Come early and spend the day, as there is continuous action. Bring the family and take in the largest event of its’ kind held in the country at the historic Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island.


Directions – Take exit 18B – Beaver Island and follow the parkway to Bush Road, Make a left turn and follow it to the entrance of the Launch Club.


Details and boat registration forms can be obtained at our web site: www.OldBoatsBuffalo.org



Rich DeGlopper- Show Chairman


[email protected]


Toronto Police Boat


Jersey Speed Skiff

Coming to town from Orlando Florida

Unlimiteds (from top to bottom) Gale V, Miss Budweiser, Miss US IV


Black Rock Lock and Canal Centennial Open House

Posted by David Albertson on August 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Black Rock Lock and Canal Centennial Open House

1776 Niagara Street • Sunday, 17 August 2014 • Noon to 4p.m.

Lock Tours and Exhibits

Exhibitors will include:

Black Rock Historical Society, Buffalo Maritime Center,

Painting for Preservation, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Sail Buffalo,

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and US Army Corps of Engineers

Special Visit by COL Thomas W. Symons, Engineer in Charge

Other Upcoming Events:

17 Oct – 15 Nov 2014:

100 Years Ago: Photographs of the Building of the Black Rock Lock

Exhibit at Artsphere Studio & Gallery, 447 Amherst St., Buffalo NY

19 Nov 2014, 6-8p.m.:

Presentation and Exhibit at The Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Court, Buffalo, NY

For further information please visit:


Boat Show Schedule - 37th Annual Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Show

Posted by David Albertson on August 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (3)

Boat Show Schedule

Friday September 5th


11:30am - 12:45pm Lunch available at the Buffalo Launch Club


Opportunity to use your Boat:


1:00pm - 4:00pm Cruising Black Rock Canal to Buffalo Harbor


5:30pm - 8:30pm Welcome Party buffet at BLC


Saturday September 6th



9:00 a.m. Drivers meeting for anyone running fly-bys on the course at the base of the announcers stand



9:15 Patrol Boat meeting at flagpole



9:30 course closed to traffic, patrol boats in place



9:30 a.m. Judging Begins – Owners should be present at their boats while the judging team reviews your boat



10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies


Raising of the US and Canadian flags by Buffalo Launch Club Color Guard


Singing of US And Canadian National Anthems



10:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Vintage race boat fly-bys



2:00 p.m. Announcement of Car Show Awards – Announcers podium



3:00pm – Ride Auction Winners – Take a ride in one if these magnificent mahogany boats– Place bids in front of announcer’s platform (Credit cards accepted)


Auction bids close at 2:30



3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. take a friend for a ride



4:30 p.m. 37th Annual Boat Show Concludes



6:00 p.m. Steak and corn roast dinner and Awards Presentation – admission by prepaid ticket only



Sunday September 7th


Opportunity to use your Boat:


9:00am Departure for around "Grand Island Fun Run" from BLC

Boat Show Update - What's New This Year

Posted by David Albertson on July 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (4)

Saturday September 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island, NY (map)

posted by oldboatsbuffalo

37th Annual Show


Antique Boat Show and Raceboat Reunion Buffalo Launch Club • September 6, 2014 Hosted by the Niagara Frontier Chapter ACBS


Boat Show 2014


The theme for this years show is “Glory Days” as we look back in time to the days when the Buffalo Launch Club hosted unlimited hydroplane races in the 50’s and early 60’s! Our plan is to have 3 vintage unlimited hydroplanes churning up the waters on the historic BLC course. Jay Armstrong with the Miss US IV, Dick Higgons with the Miss Budweiser have committed to attend. Bill Black is waiting to see how his newly built Gale IV responds in her two early season outings at Madison and Detroit. If all goes well he is interested in bringing her to Buffalo.


We also are featuring Chris Craft Racing Runabouts and Garwood Speedsters that were prominent in the E and F Service Runabout Class that ran at the BLC.


As you know Buffalo is an action oriented show. In keeping with that theme were are going to have a minimum of 6 large and fast vintage hydroplanes from the Grand Prix and 5 liter classes.


Action on land as well – youth at work – The Buffalo Maritime Center will have their “hand to hand” program in action. This program pairs an adult with a youth, who work together to build a boat. The plan is to have some program participants on site to build a boat that will be completed and launched in the basin by shows end! We are going to be accepting donations as well as making a donation ourselves so the program can continue and be expanded.


So what else is new?


• “Glassics” – featuring boats with the big fins!


• Off Shore boats that will be on display in the basin and then under power on the course!


• Antique outboard motor expanded display with a tank for those that wish to run their motors.


• A gathering of neighbors…..Boats from surrounding clubs east of Buffalo. Youngstown, Wilson, Oak Orchard, and Rochester. Featuring the newly restored VanTine family boat, which was the bumboat at Youngstown harbor!


• A Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration during the river break of the race boat portion.


• A special boutique section for the ladies!


• A display by the Grand Island Historical Society on the Ferry boats and landings that supported Grand Island before bridges.


• A return of live music at the Friday evening “Welcome Party”


• New food offerings on show day for spectators, with additional seating areas to enjoy your food!


This is an action show- You will see the boats run!


Register Now!

2014 Boat Show Registration Form

Posted by David Albertson on July 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The new registration forms,print and online, are now live on our website for the 37th Annual Antique Boat Show and Race Boat Reunion hosted by Niagara Frontier Chapter ACBS at the Buffalo Launch Club, September 6th, 2014!

All of the forms are available on our Boat Show Registration Page here:


Steam Bending Wood

Posted by David Albertson on May 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (2)



April 30 , 2014


The Maritime Center Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is a group of individuals interested in small boats--their history, their construction and their use. All events are open to the public and are free.


May Meeting



The meeting of the TSCA Chapter will be Wednesday May 14

7 PM at the Buffalo Maritime Center at 90 Arthur Street





The heating of wood in the moist environment of a steam jacket will make the wood pliable. Can you tie it in a knot? Maybe. What kind of woods will bend? Many. How long do they stay in the steam bath? Depends. Does it require expensive equipment? No. Can you safely do this at home? Yep!

There are better answers to all of these questions and more as Roger Allen and Stewart Duncan demonstrate the technique to make frames for canoes, power boats and sailboats, mast hoops and whatever you might have in mind. Oak, ash, mahogany, pine and even natural woods like grapevine will be demonstrated. Designing and building your own basic steam box and cooker that could be part of anyone’s set of tools is covered. Steam can be dangerous if not handled well. The precautions will be discussed.


The Program is Free and Open to the Public

Bring a friend--meet a friend.







Buffalo Maritime Center

90 Arthur Street

Buffalo, NY 14207-2046



2013 Buffalo Classic Boat Show Update

Posted by David Albertson on June 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Schedule of Events for Participants:


The public is welcome to view the boats on Saturday, September 7th

     -Think Big

                  -Think Small

                             -Think Fast

                                        - Have a Number in Mind?

                                                   - Smile

                                                             - Think Buffalo!


Want to know what all this means? Then make plans to come to Buffalo on the weekend of September 6,7,& 8 2013.


For those of you who would like a little more detail before hand: We have made a number of changes to the event for this year.


 1. We want participants to have a greater opportunity to use their boats, therefore on Friday afternoon we have a picnic style lunch at the Buffalo Launch Club from 11:30 -12:30 followed by 2 guided cruise options.


 a. A longer cruise departing from the Launch Club heading up river through the Black Rock lock, passing the Frank Lloyd Wright boathouse, with a final destination of Canal Side in the inner harbor.


 b. The second is a shorter cruise headed downstream to the mouth of the Erie Canal and Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda.


 2. This does not mean that we have eliminated a second opportunity to use your boat on the Sunday morning “Fun Run” around Grand Island. This 22mile run will take place at its usual time of 9:00am. However this leads us to the next change: Awards Presentations.


 3. Awards will be presented this year as a part of the steak and corn roast on Saturday evening following the show, so make sure you register for this dinner if you have your boat judged! We will not have a Sunday morning awards brunch.


 4. The final major format change is the seminars. These will be held on show day around the noon hour, which is also the lunch break for the race patrol boats.


Think Big - One of the feature category of boats are Chris Craft Commanders. These larger cruises will make their way Buffalo from various water destinations and should make for an interesting display. This will also be the theme for our seminars on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Paul Pletcher, Chris Smith, and Herb Pocklington will head up our gala group of speakers that will be on hand for the weekend. A must see event!


Going along with the think big theme we have two classic yachts making the trip from the Thousand Islands. They are the 56’ 1930 Cyngus (a Peterson hull built in NJ) and a 19-- 40’ Elco. Attendees are welcome aboard to tour these boats, which will also stay in the Buffalo area and are available for charters. Please contact Rich DeGlopper or Tom Frauenheim if you are interested.


Think Small - Going from one extreme to the other. We are very pleased to host the “Dippy Club” from north of the border. Back in 1922 a Disappearing Propeller boat race was held at the club. So on Friday evening as a part of the welcome party festivities and again on Saturday afternoon we will let these one cylinder speed demons run the historic course at the BLC for the “Phillips Cup”! This should be a great deal of fun for spectators and participants.


Think Fast - Jay Armstrong is returning to Buffalo again with his Miss US unlimited hydroplane after having another season to tweak the boats performance. Along with Jay we are putting together heats of large fast limited hydroplanes. These boats will make some noise and generate roostertails. A new attraction will be a test session for local current APBA sanctioned boats to demonstrate their boats on the BLC course. It will offer an interesting contrast to the boats on the vintage circuit. We are also paying tribute to Burnett Bartley Jr. who passed away this spring. We have made arrangements to his boat the “Wildcatter” on hand at the show. Burnett raced many years at the BLC and was a lifetime honorary member. We also will have those wild and bouncing Jersey Speed Skiffs as well as other vintage classes.


Numbers Boats - We will have at least two numbers boats at the show. One has just finished complete restoration and will be christened at the show. The other will be an electric power replica built by Morin Boats of Michigan. Every year Doug has brought beautiful and unique boats to the show. This will be another in his series.


Smile and have your boats looking pretty - Classic Boating Magazine will once again attend our show and will write feature articles for an upcoming issue.


Think Buffalo - Above I have listed some of the changes and feature attractions for this years show. What I did not list was a wide variety of land displays, nautical vendors, kids camp, classic car show, food and beverage, and most of all great hospitality in a historical setting.


Note: We have made arrangements for special boat show rates ($107) at the newly renovated Holiday Inn on the Niagara River, Grand Island NY. Don’t get fooled, as of July 2nd it will go under its new name – Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.


Call 716-773-1111 and ask for the “boat show 2013” rates (if the person at the desk can’t find the special rate tell them to look for booking ID# 1422829



Room Block Cut off date is August 16………after that we cannot guarantee room openings.


So don't’ wait, go on line and register your boat now and don’t forget to make those room reservations as well! PS. Send us a picture of your boat so we can post it on our website.


Oh yes, if you make it into town early there will be an opportunity to get over to our new workshop location in conjunction with the Buffalo Maritime Center!


Remember - Think Buffalo and join in on the fun and hospitality our show has been known for!


25' 1935 Richardson "Little Giant"

Posted by David Albertson on January 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (2)

The 25' 1935 Richardson "Little Giant" had been owned by Caleb Ballisico for many years but he was unable to do any restoration work.




The Antique Boat Club took over ownership of the boat and offered it to the North Tonawanda History Museum for their Richardson Boat Exhibit. There were height and door restrictions at the building. A smaller model boat was needed in order to get it into the building and this boat fit the bill! To make entry possible, the entrance doors and windows at the museum had to be removed by Lancer Door and Glass Company.



To make the Richardson transportable, we had to replace or sister many of the ribs and frames in the hull. ACBS members helped in the project over a period of seven days including sanding and painting the hull, cleaning and removing interior cabin paint, refastening hull and re-installing wood work that had been removed years ago.


Bow and Stern Marine from North Tonawanda sent their best man, Chris Overkamp, to haul the boat to the museum on their hydraulic trailer. We unloaded, set on dollies and rolled into position in building after doors and windows were removed. The boat is now in position inside and will be part of the interesting Richardson Boat story.



Thanks to help of Rocky Nagel, Rudy Nagel, Ron Root, Carey Tyler, Dick Grainger, Tom Frauenheim, Chester Orzelski and Phil Sullivan for their efforts. The boat is un-restored but we hope to make small clean up projects on it over the next few years.


More Photos here: