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Oswego's West First Street Pier


PO Box 101

Oswego, NY 13126 





 ADULTS - $7.00

TEENS  - $3.00

12& under - FREE

Hours of Operation

 Monday - Sunday 1-5pm

 July & August, 10-5pm

 Historic Vessels open Mid-May - Sep 30

(weather pending)


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Commercial U.S. Fishing Boat


Eleanor - D - 017The Eleanor D was built in Erie, PA or Cleveland, OH on Lake Erie in 1948 and purchased by William Cahill Sr. & William Cahill Jr. in 1958. It was operated by William Cahill Jr., the third generation of Cahill fishermen. The Cahill Family ran the boat on Lake Ontario from 1958 -1979.

Built from surplus WWII sheet steel, the boat endured 25 foot "seas" in Lake Ontario and is the last US commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.

The Eleanor D was donated to the Marine Museum in 2004. It was lifted out of the water using a 90-ton crane courtesy of the Luedtke Engineering Company. In 2005 a restoration plan was identified. That same year, a video interview with Captain William Cahill Jr. was made. The interior was also videoed in its original state.


In 2007 through 2008, a small group of specialized volunteers led by Don Feck, (Retired SUNY Oswego Technology Professor) began to stabilize, repair and restore the exterior roof and pilothouse. In 2009, a new 30-year membrane roof was installed to keep the elements from damaging the vessel's interior. In 2010, plans are underway to prime and paint the exterior.

The Maritime Museum would like to thank: the Cahill Family, Luedtke Engineering, Ontario Metal Fabricators & the Port of Oswego Authority in support of this effort.

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H. Lee White Maritime Museum


West First Street Pier   PO Box 101   Oswego, New York 13126   315/342-0480  info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

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