Buffalo Maritime Center at the Longshed


It is the mission of the Buffalo Maritime Center to provide everyone the opportunity to experience the joy of being on the water, to learn maritime history, and to achieve higher levels of craftsmanship. Through collecting, preserving, and interpreting maritime artifacts, we share our passion for traditional skills, experiential learning, and the rich maritime culture of the Niagara Frontier.

The Buffalo Maritime Center is constructing a traditionally built, full-sized reproduction of the Erie Canal Boat, “Seneca Chief,” to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal happening in 2025. The boat is being built in full public view at the Longshed Building at Canalside with volunteers. Stop by and check out the Erie Canal exhibit on the mezzanine and the progress on the Erie Canal Boat from the shop floor!

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