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18th Annual Boatnerd Gatherings

2018 Schedule

June 1-2 - Annual Badger Boatnerd Gathering
We are pleased to revive the Annual Boatnerd Badger Gathering in 2018. A round-trip crossing of Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 2, 2018, aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry S/S Badger. Join us in traveling on the only coal-fired steamer left on the Great Lakes. The previous pilothouse and engine room tours are no longer available due to USCG regulations and safety concerns. Check YouTube for excellent videos. Stay overnight aboard the Badger on Friday before the trip. Click here for all the details.

June 28-30 - Engineer's Weekend at the Soo

Thursday, June 28 - Unofficial Boatnerd Picnic
NOTICE! The location of the annual Boatnerd Picnic has been changed from our usual Rotary Park to Sherman Park, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Snacks and coffee will be offered before noon, grilling begins at noon, with carrot cake and other delicacies to follow. Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and condiments are being provided by Boatnerd. Bring something to share (salad, chips)! Soo delis and groceries have food options to purchase and bring to the park. Bring your own beverage. Come one, come all and enjoy a great time with other Boatnerds. Name tags will be provided in case you don't recognize faces. Plan now to attend.
The park, which has an enclosed pavilion and a covered area for grilling, is located west of the locks at 4th Avenue & 24th Street. If you are exiting from I-75 north, turn left (west) onto Easterday Avenue. That turns into 4th Avenue. Follow it to the end and the park is there. The park is on the water and we will still be able to view freighter traffic.
 This is the BoatNerd Official Volunteer and Reporter Appreciate Day, with hotdogs, hamburgers and buns are being provided by BoatNerd.Com.
Grills, plates, and utensils will also be provided. If you have questions or can help with arrangements, please E-mail Lee Rowe  Grills will be provided, but anyone with a portable grill, please contact Lee Rowe with the information. Bring something to share.

 ________Schedule of Weekend Events_______

Friday, June 29 - 8:30 a.m. - Boatnerds gather on the steps below the MacArthur Lock for a group picture.

Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- The Corps of Engineers will open the area between the MacArthur and Poe Locks, the Administration Building and the Davis Building to visitors. This is a once-a-year chance to see inside the Corps operation, and see passing freighters from a different angle.

Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Edison Sault Electric plant Open House.

Friday - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Boatnerd Freighter Chasing Cruise
This year's
St. Marys River cruise will again be aboard one of the American Soo Locks Tours boats departing from Dock #2 (next to the Valley Camp) at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will be three (3) hours and we will travel thru both the U.S. and Canadian Locks, and will do our best to find photo opportunities for any traffic in the river.

A buffet dinner is included in the $TBD.00 per person cost. Dinner will consist of pasta with meatballs, baked chicken, cheesy potatoes, mixed veggies, tossed salad and desert. There will be a cash bar on board.

Reservations are a must as we are limiting the group to 100 persons. This will afford everyone enough space to take photos and enjoy themselves. Mail-in reservations must be received no later than Friday, June 22. If any space is available, reservations will be taken by Dave Wobser Wednesday evening in the Soo, or at the Soo Boatnerd Picnic before noon on Thursday, June 23. Call 419-722-5507 to locate. Click here for reservation form.

Saturday, June 30 - Daytime
Informal gatherings at Mission Point, weather permitting. Bring your best pix to compare and show. Bring your radio-controlled boats for an informal regatta.

To Be Announced 2018 - Detroit River Cruise
On Saturday, August , we will repeat the popular Boatnerd Detroit River Cruise aboard the Friendship, with Captain Sam Buchanan. This year’s cruise will be four (4) hours and will go up the Detroit River, and hopefully into the Rouge River. Pizza lunch will be delivered by the J. W. Westcott mail boat. Cost is just $TBD.00 per person.
Departing at 10:00 a.m. sharp from the Portofino's On The River in Wyandotte, MI.
Click here for for directions to Portofino's.
We must have a minimum of 50 reservations, and a maximum of 100. Click here for reservation form.

September 14-16 Welland Canal Gathering, Thorold, Ontario

Friday, September
- Evening Gathering - Raffle & Door Prizes
Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
Canadian Corps is located 3 blocks West of The Inn at Lock Seven
6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Vendors who desire a table either/both night(s) - Please send an e-mail  
7:30 p.m. - Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday, September 15 - 10:00 a.m. - Noon - TO BE ARRANGED
Walking tour of International Marine Salvage scrap yard. Located at south end of Welland Street - Port Colborne

Saturday, September 15 - Evening Gathering
Colborne Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Vendors who desire a table either/both night(s) - Please send an e-mail
7:30 p.m. - Slide show - Joint Meeting with Welland Canal Ship Society. Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 - 5:00
- Free Admission to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Visitors Centre - Located at Lock Three. Gift Shop offering 10% discount on selected items - Tell them you are a "Boatnerd"