NYS DERRICK BOAT 8
NYS Derrick Boat 8 was built in 1927. It was used on the Barge Canal for dredging, lock repair and heavy lifting operation. It's engine was powered by a steam boiler built by AMES IRONWORKS, right here in Oswego.
The derrick, located at the forward portion of the vessel, had a lifting capacity of 150 tons. It was operated by control levers located on the operators pulpit. After 60 years of service, the vessel was retired and donated to the HLWMM in December of 1984 by the New York State Department of Transportation. Shortly after it's arrival to Oswego, DB 8 sank in January, 1985 during severe winter storm. The story of it's rescue under the direction of Lance Knapp, is depicted in an exhibit inside the vessel.
The boat was christened the "Lance Knapp" at it's reopening dedication ceremony in 1990.
Derrick Boat 8 is the said to be the lone surviving DB model to retain its original steam technology. It is also an authentic shipwreak.
While much of the boat is original, the aft cabin that housed the crew quarters, head and galley was restored in the wake of its recovery.