CONNEAUT LAKE — A crew from the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society will start the engine of the Liberty the Second boat around noon Saturday at the annual classic car cruise-in at the society's museum, 150 N. Third St.
The boat sank in 1922 to the bottom of the lake just prior to a planned boat race at Exposition Park (now Conneaut Lake Park). At the time, no one could locate the boat to bring it back up. It remained on the bottom of the lake — buried in silt — until 1985 when amateur divers Brian Simpson and Bill Houghton found it and brought it to the surface.
Because it was covered in the cold silt, the boat was still in good condition and the motor was started the next day. Following that, the community raised about $80,000 to have the boat restored and it now is on display at the museum.
Each year, during the cruise-in, the crew takes the boat into the parking area and starts the engine to demonstrate its power for the public. The engine is an airplane engine and only one of three of its kind. One is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the third is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
The cruise-in begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public, free of charge. Car owners wishing to participate pay a $5 entry fee. Registration opens at 9.
Also featured are music and 50/50 raffles. Car owners also compete for special prizes and door prizes.
The museum, also free to the public, will be open until 5 p.m. It features many exhibits and a gift shop. In addition, a Skee-Ball game from Conneaut Lake Park is on display and can be played free of charge.