The Inauguration of the Erie Canal Boat – Seneca Chief

Buffalo Maritime Center at the Longshed
1 Marine Drive
Buffalo, NY 14202

May 25, 2024

Starting: 11:00 AM

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Join us on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 11:00AM, as we celebrate the arrival of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief into the Commercial Slip the terminus of the Erie Canal! Accompanied by a pipes and drums band, the greater Buffalo community is invited to gather on the waterfront to inaugurate this boat, marking the beginning of a new era and signaling the commencement of the Canalside summer season! 

This remarkable boatbuilding endeavor, which took place inside the Longshed from 2019 to 2024, involved hundreds of dedicated volunteers. From crafting the vessel with their own hands to delving into its rich history, each participant played a vital role in bringing the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief to life. This project marks just the beginning of our efforts to expand the Erie Canal narrative and foster connections across our New York State community as we approach the Bicentennial in 2025.

This is a FREE, family-friendly public event. Join us as we embark on this historic voyage together!