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    Default Canal boat launching

    The Erie Canal is 200 years old this year and even more fun that it was in 1817 .

    http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/11/vo...s-in-lockport/

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    Cool!

    A few years ago volunteers built a replica canal schooner here in VT. She gets down to New York City & beyond.

    I love stories like this.
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    Very cool!
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    That narrow boat is very different than the one I saw and had a short trip on at the Erie Canal Museum. It was about 12 to 14 foot beam and had a roomy cabin amidships. In nice weather weather you could sit on the cabin top, and there was room for the tow horse on the fore deck. This boat must have been for the second iteration of the Erie Canal.

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    Default Re: Canal boat launching

    Where's Sal?

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    Lock restoration is not an easy job. Presuming the original gates have long since been replaced several times are they going for original, or somewhat later?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIIM1mHfJ0U

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    A grant from Yahoo? Who knew?

    She was about 6,000lbs lighter than expected. That is weird.
    "Simple minds discuss people, Average minds discuss things, and Great minds discuss ideas".

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    She was about 6,000lbs lighter than expected. That is weird.
    Very weird. I wonder if someone didn't confuse dry weight with loaded displacement. And pressure treated pine? Didn't know they had that in colonial times.
    -Dave

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    Default Re: Canal boat launching

    Quote Originally Posted by Woxbox View Post
    Very weird. I wonder if someone didn't confuse dry weight with loaded displacement. And pressure treated pine? Didn't know they had that in colonial times.
    The original weight estimate was calculated based on the actual weight of a few sample pieces of lumber. The actual weight was obtained when the boat was lifted by the crane. Most of the wood was quite wet when delivered and dried out considerably over the course of construction during the winter so we think that might account for some of the difference.

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