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The Buffalo Maritime Center and New York State Canal Corporation announce next phase in the building of a replica of the Seneca Chief

On Thursday, March 14, the Buffalo Maritime Center and New York State Canal Corporation will meet to unveil the next phase of the construction of the Seneca Chief. At the gathering, a template will be unveiled, which will help builders, and others involve in the process, to gauge and evaluate the construction process moving forward. The Center will display a piece from the middle section of the vessel as part of a process called lofting, according to the Buffalo Maritime Center. The process will allow builders to estimate the amount of wood that it will require to build the boat, while also allowing for the assessment of the accuracy of the drawings.

Rendering of longshed to be constructed at Canalside, where the packet boat will be built

The Seneca Chief is the packet boat that was used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in 1825, when he officially declared that Buffalo and New York Harbor were connected by the Erie Canal. A ceremony known as The Wedding of The Waters was conducted to mark the auspicious occasion. Buffalo is now preparing to celebrate as we approach the Erie Canal’s bicentennial, by building the replica packet boat at Canalside, which will ultimately be berthed at the commercial Slip to be used as a “living classroom”.

Onhand at Thursday’s unveiling will be Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton, Buffalo Maritime Center Executive Director Brian Trzeciak, and David Rogers, a major donor to the Center who is paying for the Seneca Chief construction.

Lead image: Painting by John Montague

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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