A travelling exhibit on 200-year old NY shipwrecks will be on display at the SUNY Albany Gallery from May 4 to May 27 as part of the exhibit’s national educational tour.
The exhibit, created thanks to the New York Sea Grant, and titled “Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes,” takes you on a journey through the history of famous underwater shipwrecks, including ones located in Lake George, the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and even the St. Lawrence River. Over the course of ten fascinating panels, the exhibit will bring these lost ships back to life.
Of particular interest to the local community, a miniature replica of the Radeau, or Land Tortoise, warship was made specifically for this exhibit by the New York Sea Grant. If you didn’t know, this was actually the oldest warship in North America before it was sunk to the bottom of Lake George by the British in 1758.
In a SUNY press release, New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth was quoted as saying, “Lessons from history are essential educational vehicles…New York Sea Grant is pleased to present this exhibit to spark learning and discussion.”
Admission to the SUNY Albany Gallery is free Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm.
From students and shipwreck enthusiasts to aspiring history buffs, the ‘Great Lakes’ exhibit has a lot to offer!