Sailing Through Time
— Maritime Heritage —Ships and Sunsets. If your could have stood on this spot for 300 years, you would have seen a parade of vessels carrying Native Americans, explorers, trappers, fishermen, traders, shippers, and sailors traveling and transporting people and goods on the water highway. Today there is as much traffic as ever, but most of the vessels are pleasure craft, and one of the most popular activities is watching the beautiful sunsets. For many centuries, Native American dugout canoes were the only watercraft using the lake. In the late 1600s and early 1700s French voyageurs paddled back and forth on fur-trading trips between Quebec and the interior of the continent. In 1699, French explorer LaSalle sailed past this spot in his ship the Griffon, the first such ship to sail on Lake Erie. During the French and Indian War, British and French warships battled for control of the Niagara River and water access to the interior. Even in winter the lake is a roadway. This etching by Charles Graham, from the February 1886 edition of Harper's magazine, shows goods being transported on the lake ice by dogsled and other means. As the farming and mining industries in the west grew, cargo ships carried coal and grain to eastern ports. In the late 1800s, lavish steamers ferried tourists between lakefront cities and resorts. In the early 1900s, fuel-powered commercial fishing tugs trolled these waters, netting lake fish for market. Lake freighters grew larger through the 20th century. Today, ocean-going vessels transport products from Great Lakes ports to destinations around the world. Wind-powered craft, once the only choice, are now used for sport. Recreational fishing charters and yachts dominate the waterway today. Hamburg History2004 - Renovation and dedication of Erie Seaway Trail Center. 1996 - Woodlawn Beach State Park opens access to lake for water recreation. 1920 - Hamburg Town Park established. 1910 - Wanakah Water Works Company incorporates. Building construcion begins. Woodlawn Beach & Cottage Co. begins regular boat transportation between Buffalo and their amusement park. The Corona is first boat put into service. 1837 - Group of 30 to 40 would-be heroes departs Hamburg across the ice to invade Canada. Group surrenders in middle of the lake. 1814 - During War of 1812 naval raiding parties and arms smugglers are active offshore. 1812 - Town of Hamburg incorporated. 1805 - The Titus Hotel, later named the Bay View Hotel, and still later named the DOck of the Bay, opened on lake shore roadway. 1800 - Early settlers used the beach as a roadway to the west. Many hotels and teverns were built to serve the travelers. 1650 - Iroquois Cofereacy controls reion as the Senecas vanquish earlier tribes. Vistas along the Seaway Trail coastline offer a window for the imagination. Seaway Trail, Inc., Corner Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. 1-800-SEAWAY-T. America's Byways. This exhibit made possible by a grant from FHWA to Seaway Trail, Inc.
|Series||This marker is part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series|
|Placed By||Seaway Trail, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 671809 N 4734973|
|Decimal Degrees||42.74805000, -78.90071667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 44.883', E 78° 54.043'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 44' 52.98" N, 78° 54' 2.58" E|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||716, 718|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4968 Lakeshore Rd, Hamburg NY 14075, US|
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