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Ice boating
Description: This photograph shows a man in an ice boat on Lake Erie. Ice sailing was and still is very popular winter sport, especially in the Sandusky Bay, where there are still many active ice sailing clubs. It was also used as a means of transportation to and from the Lake Erie Islands, during the frozen winter months when the ferries were unable to traverse the waters. Neuman Boat Dock offers the best vantage point for viewing the water front and Sandusky Bay. It was located at the foot of Columbus Avenue, in Sandusky, Ohio, and was a particularly popular place in winter, with skaters, ice sailers and fishing shanties all vying for a piece of the ice. An ice boat (also “iceboat") is a boat or purpose-built framework similar in functional design to a sail boat but fitted with skis or runners (skates) and designed to run over ice instead of through (liquid) water. Ice yachting is the sport of sailing and racing iceboats. Sailable ice is known in the sport as "hard water" versus sailing on liquid or "soft" water. A related sport, land sailing, utilizes a configuration with an iceboat-like fuselage or frame equipped with wheels instead of runners. Iceboats commonly used for racing are usually only for one person, but several classes of two-seat and multiple-seat iceboats are more or less common. On some boats, a "side car" can be fitted to take others along for a ride View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B08F08_026_001
Subjects: Winter sports; Lake Erie Islands (Ohio); Sandusky Bay (Ohio)
Places: Lake Erie Islands (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio); Ottawa County (Ohio)