Created: 01/05/2014 11:05 AM WHEC.com
Corn Hill Navigation says, due to maintenance issues, they are retiring the historical Mary Jemison tour boat.
Officials say the boat has been in service for the past eight seasons on the Erie Canal and Genesee River serving 60,000 passengers from the Rochester area.
However, the Corn Hill Navigation board of directors says the have decided to move on due to the cost of annual maintenance for the boat. The organization says they are now looking into getting a newer vessel to replace the Mary Jemison.
In a release sent to News10NBC, Corn Hill Navigation founder Ted Curtis says, “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 re-ignite interest in America’s legendary Erie Canal as well as being a catalyst in attracting the public to downtown Rochester’s waterfront.”
Corn Hill Navigation is currently planning for another boat for the 2014 season. They ask members of the public who know of an USCG inspected boats available for immediate sale or rental to contact them at www.samandmary.org or 585-662-5748.