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Save the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry

$14,910 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 188 people in 4 months
Created June 6, 2018
The Bemus Point Stow Ferry on Chautauqua Lake has been running since 1811 and is one of only a few cable ferries left in the US. It used to be part of the. State Highway Department but now is operated by a volunteer organization every weekend throughout the summer season. It is a part of Chautauqua County history and a fond memory of childhood rides by many. It carries up to nine cars and many bikers, motorcyclists and foot traffic back and forth across the narrows of Chautauqua Lake, NY. 

She didn’t pass her yearly inspection this year and requires major structural repairs before it can be placed back in service. Our strong volunteer not-for-profit organization is small but very dedicated to keeping the Ferry running every summer. Our funding can start the job but we need major support from the pubilc to complete all the required repairs. 

We have lots of folks volunteering to do grunt work, specialized repairs and help us with the funding. What we need now is help from you. No donation is too small to do big things. The Sea Lion Project Ltd. has only one purpose, to keep the Ferry running every summer at the center of her community. Your help will be greatly appreciated
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It is one of the last few days when you’ll be seeing the Bemus Point Stow Ferry on the cradle in Mayvilke, NY. The welders have done all their work except for a few last touches around the edges. All the beams are in, not just the three we were required this year for the survey. We were very lucky to have extra welders time donated to us. The funding has gone very well with just a few thousand more needed to satisfy the matching grants eqalling $10,000 we were given a few weeks ago. Please consider a donation to get us this promised funding. Our volunteers will be so pleased. Also, the Ferry will be moved to her docking at Stow, NY shortly for the rest of the work to be completed. Stop by if you are curious to see her and meet some of the volunteers. Thank you for your support. We are all so grateful to have gotten almost through this project to keep the Bemus Point Stow Ferry on Chautauqua Lake.
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We are finally at the reconstruction phase of our repair to the Bemus Point Stow Ferry. We needed most of the summer for the deconstruction part of the repair project done by our volunteers. This needed to be done before we could call on the welders to start putting her back together again, sturdier and strong enough to last for a very long time. We will continue to update you when we can.

We are pleased to announce that some of you have sent your donations for this repair to our mailing address, and we want all of you to know how much we appreciate your kindness. Despite the totals on GoFundMe, we are much closer to our goal than it appears. We still need whatever you can do to help us get it all done and the Ferry back on the dock in Stow. She'll then get her wooden deck back on, a new coat of paint and make some runs to Bemus Point and back before the end of Summer.
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An update from this week of work on the Ferry shows the Marine Welder working on several projects. The braces that hold up the part of the deck where the Cummins Diesel Engine is located are welded and completed. The holes previously used in the hull of the Ferry are not longer needed and have been welded shut. A metal patch is needed to close up the last one.....and is in progress. It is all slow complex work and cannot be rushed. The availability of the welder is not full time, due to his own business needs. We knew that from the beginning so the work will be slow to be completed. He is the best, and we trust that his work is safe and complete with each project,

As with most historic vessels, any project can uncover an unknown secondary problem. This has happened along the way but the volunteers have been able to fix everything that has come up.

Our volunteers have saved us thousands of dollars in labor and countless hours of time needed for this repair of the Ferry. We are so thankful to them and to all of you who have followed us through the long summer of repairs.

Without your emotional support and your financial support, we would not be able to see the light at the end of the long tunnel of repairs to the Ferry. We can see the light and just need patience to get her back in service. Please help us be patient by following us on Facebook with your photos and your stories and sharing with your friends.

When able we will be moving the Ferry down to the dock in Stow, NY. There the remainder of the repairs (above the waterline) will be completed and we hope to have the Ferry running late this season, possibly for pedestrian traffic or for limited auto and unlimited pedestrian traffic. We will keep you updated. This is our welder.......under the Cummins Engine. More photos to follow soon
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The Ferry continues to become safer and sturdier with the structural repairs. The volunteers are fatigued but bolstered by the large outpouring of support from the community. We have received a grant of almost $9000 from the Pay Pal Giving Fund. This along with your donations is co wrong most of the costs of the repairs. We hope to refloat her and continue her repairs in Stow. We will let all of you know when that happens. September sounds like a good time for a party to celebrate the return of the Bemus Point Stow Ferry to service. Watch for announcements and spread the word to donate. We hope the Ferry is here for a hundred more years (or more!). Thanks for following us on Facebook pages The Historic Bemus Point Stow Ferry and Friends and Fans of the Bemus Point Stow Ferry. Please share a lot to get the word out! Thanks
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$14,910 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 188 people in 4 months
Created June 6, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Sea Lion Project Ltd
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