Fwd: Lloyd Historical program Monday, Feb 1: Boat Building on Rondout
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This looks interesting.Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society presents
“Feeney Boatyard, Lone Survivor of A Bygone Era”
MONDAY, February 1, 2010, 7:30 PMAmerican Legion Hall, Grand StreetHighland, NY
“Feeney Boatyard, Lone Survivor of A Bygone Era”— at the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society monthly meeting. Retired Judge Edward T. Feeney will tell the story, in words and vintage film, of the Feeney Boatyard that has operated for over 100 years through four generations of the Feeney family. It is the last bastion of a shipbuilding industry that once thrived on the Rondout.At one time, the banks of the Hudson River basked in industry of virtually every kind such as cement, brick, and ice. Kingston’s Rondout area thrived in boat building and repair services as befitted the location’s position as the terminus of a major canal. The boatyards are now all gone save for the Feeney Boatyard that is still in business a century later. To tell the historic role of the boatyard in words and film, retired Judge Edward T. Feeney will be the guest speaker at the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society’s February 1st program.
The Feeney family business has its origins with the judge’s great-grandfather who ran canal boats on the Delaware & Hudson Canal from Pennsylvania to Kingston. Later, with growing navigation on the Hudson River, Judge Fenney’s grandfather realized a need for boat building and repair services and started the family boatyard. It has operated steadily through four generations of Feeney’s making tugboats and barges as well as ocean-going vessels. A continued big part of its business is ship repairs.Judge Feeney’s talk will walk us through what the boatyard did over the last 100 years. Lucky for us the judge’s father, Bernard, was an avid filmmaker. Judge Feeney has historical footage to show us, some dating back to the 1920s, as well of the many boats and barges the boatyard built. Come to this program to get a greater sense of one of the industries that was so important for the lifeblood of the Hudson River.Feeney is a retired City of Kingston Judge and a graduate of Kingston High School, Fordham College and Albany Law School. But shipbuilding is very much in his blood. While pursuing his college and legal education, Keeney worked in the boatyard on summer and weekend breaks experiencing firsthand the operation and getting steeped in family and shipbuilding lore.The talk begins at 7:30 PM, Monday, February 1st at the American Legion Hall in Highland, NY. The Legion Hall is at 84 Grand Street about 100 feet East of the intersection of 9W and Grand Street. The program is free of charge to the public and free refreshments will be served. There is plenty of parking.
Vivian Yess Wadlin
Owner/Publisher: About Town of Ulster County
845-691-2089 Fax 845-468-7020 www.abouttown.us