by William Kelting member of the Adirondack chapter

The Elkin has been in my family since 1930. Since then, four generations have enjoyed many hours aboard. Elkin has spent the majority of her time cruising the waters of Upper Chateaugay Lake. Upon having her restored, my husband Bill and I have taken several lengthy cruises aboard the Elkin.

In 1994 we Launched from the Peru Dock on Lake Champlain,entered the Champlain Canal at Whitehall, NY. Went through the flight locks at Troy, NY into the Barge Canal, then took the Oswego Canal into Lake Ontario and crossed to Kingston, Ontario. We entered the Rideau Canal and continued on to Ottawa River, traveled downstream to enter the St. Lawrence above Montreal. Bill and I spent several nights in Montreal, then we headed downstream to Sorel, Quebec, to the Chambly Canal and returned to Lake Champlain. We ended trip at Peru Dock,this was a three week cruise.

Elkin leaving Lift Lock
Lift Lock on Trent Severn

In 1995 We launched from Waddington, NY into the St. Lawrence River. Followed the St. Lawrence upstream to Lake Ontario and Kingston, Ontario. Remained on Lake Ontario to Trenton, Ontario where we entered the Trent-Severn Canal. This canal has several unique locking systems. There are two large “lift locks” and one marine railway. The marine railway prevents nonnative fish from entering the canal system. At the western end of the canal we entered Georgian Bay, a section of Lake Huron. We traveled as far as Parry Sound and reversed our course.

Resting at Parry Sound
Marine Railway-Trent Severn

In 2008 Elkin wasa launched into the Barge Canal at Syracuse, NY in order to attend our grandson’s wedding in Buffalo. This was a round trip which completed our tour of the barge canal.

The Elkin has received the Best of Launch Class at the 1993 ACBS Show in
Basin Harbor, VT as well as the Best of Class for Launch at the 2003 Boat Show in Burlington, VT.

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