Canal boat has arrived!
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.