Queen of the Lake III Restoration

$3,100 of $60k goal

Raised by 30 people in 4 months
J-me Braig-bogden  BUCKEYE LAKE, OH
In 1825 the Ohio Canal began construction and Buckeye Lake was dug to create a reservoir for the new Canal system.  The canal carried freight traffic from 1827 to 1861, when the arrival of railroads killed the market. By 1913, much of the canal system was abandoned after important parts were severely flooded. Even though the canals disappeared the lake continued to be a popular recreation destination through the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s when the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park was thriving as a tourist’s attraction. Even after the park closed in the early 70’s the lake continued to be a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the Midwest.

In 1998 the Buckeye Lake Museum was founded.  As with many non-profits, keeping the bills paid was always a constant battle.  In 2006 however, the museum received a generous donation of a 46-foot pontoon boat the “Queen of The Lake II" which became the main source of revenue for the museum.
The Queen II had ferried more than 50,000 people around the lake until 2014.

Unfortunately in 2015, due to a dam repair project which lowered the water level in the lake to only a few feet, the Queen II had to be dry docked.

In October of 2015, the museum received a generous donation of an 88 foot true sternwheeler.  With a substantial loan and lots of volunteer help the museum moved the sternwheeler from Zanesville to Buckeye Lake. Since it drafts only about 20” it will be the perfect boat for a shallow lake.

The museum is attempting to raise $60,000 to convert the sternwheeler to a dinner boat, recondition the interiors, refurbish the hull, and re-launch it as the “Queen of the Lake III” in Buckeye Lake.

As the director of the Buckeye Lake Museum I will be working directly on the conversion, and refurbishing of the Queen of the Lake III.  With your help and the help of our museum volunteers we hope to put a museum boat back on the lake to continue ferrying visitors around the lake.

J-me Braig
Director
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Update 6
Posted by Buckeye Lake Historical Society
3 days ago
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Many donors have given us funds by check or in the mail. We thank them as we get them in. If you want to donate in person or by mail. Stop by the Museum on Tuesday - Sunday 1:00-4:00. Mail would be
Buckeye Lake Museum
PO Box 1
Buckeye Lake Ohio 43008
We will then post your donations to our account.
Remember we are a non-profit and your donation is tax deductible.
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Update 5
Posted by Buckeye Lake Historical Society
4 days ago
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The restoration has begun. We thank everyone so far that has donated. Keep up the faith with us in launching this boat in Spring 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1dG4hBjiSA
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Update 4
Posted by Buckeye Lake Historical Society
1 month ago
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Our goal has grown this week. Thanks for helping raise these funds. Spring is here and the work will soon begin.
Be a part of this. JOIN US !!
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Update 3
Posted by Buckeye Lake Historical Society
2 months ago
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Volunteers are anxious to get started on restoration of the Queen III. What is stopping us? Money and building materials. Have a service you can offer? We need you.
Hope.. is what we have here at Buckeye Lake Museum
that this dream can come true. Join our restoration team.
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Charlotte Basnett
9 days ago
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Did you get the money that Charlene And I sent a few weeks ago for the restoration??? I didn't see it listed.

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$3,100 of $60k goal

Raised by 30 people in 4 months
Created December 11, 2016
SJ
$50
Shirley Jacks
2 days ago
$150
Pam Sex
3 days ago

This is from me and Debbie Sex Lawson

BH
$500
Barb Hupman
3 days ago (Offline Donation)

Barb and Ron, you were the first donation we received. Thanks for your support and faith in this restoration. You are wonderful members.

CH
$100
Charlene Hayden
3 days ago (Offline Donation)

Charlene you are the silent Captain !! You will love being at the wheel of the Queen III. Thanks for all your support always. You are a special gal to us.

CB
$100
Charlotte Basnett
3 days ago (Offline Donation)

You are the best Charlotte. Can't wait for you to Captain the Queen if the lake III. You hold the top Captain spot. for most hours on Queen II. We love you here.

$100
Gayla Smith
3 days ago

Queen III the DREAM!!!! Can't wait to sail with her.

$100
Patricia Miller
4 days ago
$100
David Abbott
1 month ago
JL
$50
James Layton
1 month ago
BM
$100
Bill & Mary Muryn
1 month ago
Charlotte Basnett
9 days ago
1
1

Did you get the money that Charlene And I sent a few weeks ago for the restoration??? I didn't see it listed.

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