Marine News from the Great Lakes

8th Annual Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show to be held at National Museum of the Great Lakes August 23 & 24, 2014

Published: Saturday, August 23, 2014


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Toledo, Ohio – In conjunction with Toledo’s new National Museum of the Great Lakes and Ramsey Brothers Restorations, the eighth annual Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show will take place at the museum at 1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605 on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, 2014. The show will take place from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am-3:00pm on Sunday. NMGL will be open during the same hours, but will close at 5pm in Sunday.


The Antique & Classic Boat Show event is for people of all ages to come and enjoy a day of re-living maritime history on the Great Lakes and Maumee River. There will be dozens of boats displayed on land and in the water ranging from the 1920’s era through modern day replicas bearing historic names such as Chris Craft, Dart, Gar Wood and Lyman. 

This year’s show will feature deck tours of the US Brig Niagara. The U.S. Brig Niagara, whose home port is Erie, Pennsylvania, is the reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. On September 10, 1813, nine small ships, including Niagara, defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. A pivotal event in the War of 1812, it led to regaining Detroit, lost at the war’s outset, and lifted the nation’s morale. Deck tours of the Niagara will be available throughout the run of the Boat Show and are included in the Explorer Ticket price.


A variety of marine vendors will be set up under a tent in the park adjacent to the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Vendors will be selling books, artifacts and maritime items to visitors. Food vendors will be available on site throughout the weekend. For more information about the Boat Show, visit or call 419.255.2628 (BOAT).



The Explorer Ticket, for just $15.00 per person, includes admission to the Boat Show, the National Museum of the Great Lakes, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the US Brig Niagara. Admission to the Boat Show only is $5.00. Children 6 and under are FREE! NMGL Members get FREE Explorer tickets as part of their membership.


Special Events

US Brig Niagara Day Sail

There a few seats still available for a day sail from Monroe, MI to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH when it comes to port on Friday, August 22, 2014. Cost is $135 for NMGL members and $150 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling 419.214.5000.

NMGL Members Only Niagara Preview Event

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will host a special Members Only event to preview the US Brig Niagara on Friday, August 22 from 7-9pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling419.214.5000. There is no cost for this event but you must be a museum member.


The Toledo Boat Show was started in 2007 in partnership with Ramsey Brothers Restorations and Willis B. Boyer museum ship. The last 2 years it has been held at Toledo Yacht Club while construction of the National Museum of the Great Lakes was underway.  The show has grown from a one-day event with approximately 35 boats to a whole weekend event, 100 boats, 35 classic cars and 15 ice boats.


The National Museum of the Great Lakes is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas since 1945; by operating a maritime museum and research library since 1952; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; and by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001. The opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes enables the Great Lakes Historical Society continue its’ mission to preserve and make known the important history of the Great Lakes. For more information, call Anna M. Kolin at 419.204.8947 from NMGL or Scott Ramsey at 419.255.2628.

WHAT:              Antique & Classic Boat Show          

WHEN:              Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24, 2014
                         Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 9am-3pm

 WHERE:           National Museum of the Great Lakes
                         1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43604

 ADMISSION:    Explorer Ticket - $15.00 per person (6 and under FREE)

                         Boat Show Only - $5.00 (6 and under FREE)



WHAT:              U.S. Brig Niagara Day Sail 
WHEN:             Friday, August 22, 9:30am-3:30pm 
COST:              $150 per person, NMGL Members $135 per person


tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Boat Show, Events

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