44 HARBOUR ST PORT DOVER, ONTARIO. (519) 583-2660
E-mail: portdover.museum@norfolkcounty.ca
Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
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Exhibits

Port Dover: Above and Beyond

A photography exhibit by Tim Warris.

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ERIE

The Harbour Museum houses a large collection of artifacts from some of the thousand or so wrecks that lie on the bottom of Lake Erie. These include rudders, planks, ribs and even anchors that were accidentally brought to the surface by fishermen's trawl nets. The museum is also home to the treasures of the Steamer Atlantic - recovered by diver Mike Fletcher of "Sea Hunters" fame. The Atlantic was a palace steamer that sank off Long Point in 1852 and which still lies in the deepest part of the lake. Check the virtual tour for a sample. Right: Place setting from the wreck of the steamer Atlantic.
inside of the museum PERMANENT EXHIBITS
Part of the Harbour Museum is an actual fisherman’s net shanty – chock full of artifacts and displays of Port Dover’s commercial fishing heritage. Elsewhere in our galleries you’ll find exhibits on – “Schooner Days” on the Great Lakes – Prohibition-era Rum Running – Local Ship and boat building – Lake Erie Shipwrecks and Rescues and Treasures of the Steamer Atlantic, a “palace” steamer that sank off Long Point in 1852. You can also take a close look at the wheelhouse of the William P. Snyder Jr. a lake freighter launched in 1912 (the same year as the Titanic!) and step outside to see the 1932 Port Dover fishtug Almidart – currently undergoing restoration.