The Story of the Sailing Ship Lotus

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For many years, a common sight in Sodus Bay on a summer day is the schooner “Lotus”.  We know it today as the vessel used by the Sea Scouts for their organization. During Prohibition, according to a local resident Laurie Hayden. it served a very different purpose. Inside the vessel was a secret compartment that was used to smuggle booze from Canada on frequent trips across the lake. Thanks to Sandi Hamilton for sharing a 64 page booklet (“Memories of the Schooner Lotus” – 1939) telling its interesting history.


To read about this wonderful schooner click on this link, you can use the + and – buttons to zoom in and out: