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Historic Boat Retired

Corn Hill Navigation says it is retiring the historic Mary Jemison tour boat due to maintenance issues.
Corn Hill Navigation says it is retiring the historic Mary Jemison tour boat due to maintenance issues.

The boat has been in service for the past eight years on the Erie Canal and Genesee River and has served approximately 60,000 passengers from around the Rochester region. However, the Corn Hill Navigation Board of Directors says they have decided to move on due to the cost of ongoing maintenance to the historic vessel that will be required on an annual basis in the years to come. Corn Hill Navigation says they are looking into purchasing a newer vessel that can further the goal of enhancing the organization's educational, cultural and recreational programming.

In a release sent to News 8, Corn Hill founder and Honorary Commodore Ted Curtis said, "this is the appropriate time to retire the Mary, and the right thing to do for a beautiful and much beloved historic vessel, which has been in active service for nearly a century, and in recent years has helped reignite interest in America’s legendary Erie Canal as well as being a catalyst in attracting the public to downtown Rochester’s waterfront.”

The organization says it is currently planning for another boat to be ready in time for the 2014 season. Members of the public who may know of USCG inspected boats available for immediate sale or rental are encouraged to contact them at www.samandmary.org or 585-662-5748.
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