Yesterday, Friday, October 26, the Buffalo Maritime Center commemorated the 193rd Anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal at the Commercial Slip at Canalside in downtown Buffalo – also known as the Wedding of the Waters. John Montague, founder of Buffalo Maritime Center, reenacted pulling water from the Buffalo end of the Erie Canal to take to NY City.
Pictured inset left is an image of Gov. DeWitt Clinton’s Erie Canal Packet Boat that was used by the Governor to ride down the newly opened canal (learn more). Buffalo Maritime Center will be building a replica of this 73-foot canal boat at Canalside in full view, and with the participation of, the public. The project will get started this winter with the lofting of the boat at Buffalo Maritime Center’s home base in Black Rock at 90 Arthur St and then move to Canalside next summer.
Lead image – pictured L to R: John Montague, Paul Redding (BMC Board member), and several docents from the Buffalo and Erie County Military Park. Hat tip to Deborah Lynn Williams for formulating the post.