2009-06-10 / Front Page

Canal boat has arrived!

From New York to Delphi
By Jennifer Archibald Staff writer

'The Delphi' comes home A large crane from Indianapolis lowers the new replica canal boat into the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi. It was built in Albany, N.Y., and is expected to be an extra draw for tourists. The boat and "warehouse" that will house it in winter will be dedicated June 20 at 10 a.m. at the dock at Canal Park. That will be the first day for the public to ride on the boat. Rides will be free on that day only. Comet photos by Jennifer Archibald 'The Delphi' comes home A large crane from Indianapolis lowers the new replica canal boat into the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi. It was built in Albany, N.Y., and is expected to be an extra draw for tourists. The boat and "warehouse" that will house it in winter will be dedicated June 20 at 10 a.m. at the dock at Canal Park. That will be the first day for the public to ride on the boat. Rides will be free on that day only. Comet photos by Jennifer Archibald A 30-year dream of the Canal Association was realized last Wednesday when a new replica canal boat was lowered into the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi.

Built in Albany, N.Y., over a sevenmonth period, it is 54 feet long and weighs 20 tons. It is a two-thirds scale replica and holds 40 passengers plus two crew members.

Dan McCain, canal association president, said the boat was funded by a $1.1 million INDOT grant that also included the building of the "warehouse" that will house the boat in winter. It required a 20 percent match by the association.

McCain said back in the mid 1800s, the boat could have traveled by canal all the way from New York to Delphi via the Erie Canal and then the Wabash & Erie Canal.

A dedication ceremony for the boat and warehouse will be held at 10 a.m. June 20 at the dock at Canal Park, near the Case House. McCain said free rides will be given on the boat on that day only. Other activities are also planned at the canal in connection with the Heritage Transportation Festival that weekend.

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