Packet boat project looks to highlight canal history
In 1825, New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton made his way from Buffalo to New York City along the Erie Canal on the packet boat Seneca Chief. The event, which marked the opening of the Erie Canal, is being honored nearly 200 years later by the Buffalo Maritime Center. With a combination of private donations and state money, the center will build a replica of Clinton's vessel, a process which will be open to public viewing along Buffalo's waterfront.