Lotus at mooring in Sodus Bay, July 2007
|Location||Trestle Landing Marina, Co. Rt. 14 at Sentell Rd., Sodus Point, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Hand, William H.,Jr.; Zickes, Ted|
|Architectural style||Auxiliary Schooner|
|NRHP Reference #||90000694|
|Added to NRHP||May 10, 1990|
History of the Lotus
The keel on Lotus was laid down in 1917 and the boat was completed in 1918, in Rocky River, Ohio. Designed by the naval architect William Hand Jr. in 1916, and christened with the name of Miss Gloucester, she was designed as a pleasure yacht for sailing on the Great Lakes.
Lotus was sold again in 1938, to Dick Todd and Ken Cooley. They renamed her again, this time to Dickens, a combination of their first names.
In 1943, Ezra Hale and his partners bought the ship and changed her name back to Lotus. Ezra Hale and John Trahey donated Lotus to the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1971, specifying that Sea Explorer Ship (now Sea Scout Ship) 303 be the ones to use it. The Sea Explorer Ship 303 had begun in 1965, and used a variety of power cruisers before the Lotus was donated.
Unfortunately, it was difficult to keep up with the required maintenance and by 1991 Lotus needed serious restoration. With the support of sponsors the Webster Kiwanis, the money was raised for a restoration, soliciting donations from individuals and corporations. A matching funds grant was also received from New York state, which brought the total amount of money raised to $150,000.
Lotus is sailed each summer by members of Sea Scout Ship 303 around all of Lake Ontario. Lotus visits many harbor festivals, and reenactments each year including Alexandria Bay Pirate Week, Oswego Harborfest, and reenactments in Sacketts Harbor.
Lotus has also participated several times in Operation Sail.
- Length : 48 feet (15 m) on deck, 60 feet (18 m) from the tip of the bowsprit to the end of the main boom
- Beam : 12 feet (3.7 m), 3 inches
- Draft : 4 feet (1.2 m), 9 inches
- Weight : 16 tons (approximate)
- Total Sail Area : 950 square feet (88 m2)
- Yanmar 88 hp (66 kW) four cylinder, turbo-charged diesel with sealed heat exchange
- Masts : Sitka Spruce
- Frames : Oak
- Original Hull Planking: Long-leaf Yellow Pine
- Replacement Hull Planking: Mahogany
- Main Deck : Vertical-grain Douglas Fir
- Cockpit Deck : Long-leaf Yellow Pine
- Original Cabin tops : Canvas
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Lotus Website and original source of Lotus history by Anitra Setchell
- Mark L. Peckham (February 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Lotus". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14. See also: "Accompanying five photos".
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