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Hello 1000 Islands fans!  My name is Mike and I love the 1000 Islands, especially around the Clayton, NY area.  This site is intended to bring you some historical information about Calumet Island Marina in the 1960's and the Steel King line of boats that came out of the Grafton Boat Works in Grafton, IL (because... my father's boat was a Steel King and he kept it at Calumet Island Marina!)

I also like to cover historical and current information related to the 1000 Islands and the St Lawrence Seaway.

I hope you enjoy visiting this site, and feel free to join the conversation!

Twitter (@1000islandsboat)

YouTube Channel  - 1000islandssteelking



  1. Peter Blackwood says:

    Hi Mike…….Peter Blackwood here. We were on calumet from 1960 thru 1970, also in a 26ft steel hulled boat which was on the ‘main dock’ from about 1964 thru 1970 (along with the Armstrongs)
    just wondering how old you were back then….trying to jog my memory!

    • Mike says:

      Hi Peter, I tried sending an email to you with answers to your questions, did you receive it? Great to hear from you! Mikw

  2. Peter Donovan says:

    Hello Mike, I am a fan of your site specially on the boats of AMERICAN BOAT LINE. I use to sit at the dock as a kid in Gananoque and watch these boats along with our Gan boats the Miss Gananaoque and the Thousand Islanders.
    I have come across some new pictures of the Neptune Adonis 2 and Miss Gananoque I would like to pass on to you. Reply to my email and I can forward them on to you for your site.
    Again great site, brings back memories.


    • Mike says:

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for you comment! Yeah, that’s a pretty special place and those tour boats are still etched in the memories! My father took us to Gananoque several times over the summers, a cool voyage from Clayton and back. We took the round trip tours a few times, too.
      I’d really love to see those photos. Thank you for reading the articles and glad you enjoy the site!

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