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July 12, 2014

Titanic resurfaces to win Boat Parade

PLATTSBURGH — Was the Titanic at last delivering the carpets intended for St. John’s Church here?

Complete with iceberg, the fated vessel met not disaster but victory in Friday night’s Mayor’s Cup Boat Parade of Lights. 

“The iceberg was coming up against the side of the boat,” Parade of Lights Chairman Jake DeSnyder said, and it was lit up from within.

“It was beautiful.”

Skippers Matt Doyle and Ashley Cousens transformed their boat, Nomad, into the ocean liner that went down in the Atlantic in 1912, and they have now won the Grand Prize Cup two years in a row.

The crew members re-enacted the famous scene from the movie “Titanic,” where the two lead characters, Rose and Jack, stand at the bow of the ship, arms outstretched.

They then yelled “Iceberg!” in unison and headed toward the back of the boat, where they performed the scene where Rose is in a rowboat and Jack sinks into the water.

There was no sign of the floor coverings for the Plattsburgh church from England that the actual Titanic was carrying when it went down.

Last year, Nomad became the SS Minnow, with its crew dressed as the characters from the TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”

About 23 entries this year included more than 40 vessels, said DeSnyder, who has chaired the event all eight years.

He relies on a number of them to come back for every parade, including Craig Meyerson of Albany, who skippers Souvenir and has, in fact, dressed up his sailboat every year for the event.

“He’s a hard-core sailor for the Mayor’s Cup,” DeSnyder said.

But crewmembers have said they come more for the Parade of Lights, he added, laughing.

DeSnyder never fails to be impressed with the entries.

“We had eight or nine boats last night, any one of which could have won.”

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