Susan Peterson Gateley of Silver Waters Sailing/Whiskey Hill Press has a new book out on Lake Ontario — Sweet Waters, Tales of Fishing, Sailing, Romance and Adventure, with a special photo supplement by Wayne County Star photographer Bill Huff.
Susan, who offers sailing lessons and day trips aboard a 32-foot good old boat, has collected stories from Lake Ontario netters, yachtsmen, artists, and lakeshore residents for a number of years. Many of the stories published in Sweet Waters were obtained while the author cruised in Canada aboard her previous boat, the 23-foot wooden sloop, Ariel.
Among the tales told in the 150-page illustrated paperback, are memories of bootlegging from the late Guy Hance of Sodus Point, commercial fishing in Pultneyville and Port Bay during the 1930s, boat building, and an artist’s magnificent obsession, a six-year restoration of a 28-foot Atkins cutter.
Sweet Waters also contains a photo supplement with commentary by Sodus Point native Bill Huff. His photos bring alive days of steam tugs, schooners, ice yachts, and lighthouse keepers on the lake.
Susan previously published Ariel’s World, an Exploration of Lake Ontario.