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The Georgetown canal boat provided fun and educational tours to school groups and tourists for nearly 30 years. After being decommissioned in 2011 due to extensive damage, it sat rotting in the canal, a reminder of the once-robust interpretive programs that were the victim of NPS budget cuts. In 2016, Georgetown Heritage and the Park Service removed the old boat in preparation for the first phase of canal restoration work. Watch a video of that event here.

Georgetown Heritage received a grant from the District of Columbia to fund the design and construction of a new boat, which will be delivered in Spring 2019. This new boat will be a similar historic replica from the heyday of the canal’s commercial operation in Georgetown. It will be equipped with modern amenities as well as a historically accurate design. Together, the C&O Canal NHP and Georgetown Heritage will use the boat as a platform to engage visitors with the compelling story of the canal in Georgetown, the people who built it and worked on it, and its transition into a beloved National Park.

Check back here for more updates about the boat soon.