2020 Canal Boat Commencement Weekend!

The Buffalo Maritime Center is proud to announce the Canal Boat Commencement Weekend: Two Events That Will Initiate the Erie Canal Packet Boat Project at the newly constructed Longshed at Canalside in Buffalo.

The Canal Boat Commencement Weekend is made up of a First Look and the Public Opening of the Longshed that will mark the official beginning of Buffalo Maritime Center’s historic construction of the Erie Canal Packet Boat, “Seneca Chief.” Throughout the project, we are inviting the public to be a part of history by observing and helping to build a replica of this 73’ long vessel, the very boat that Gov. DeWitt Clinton traveled on in 1825 to open the Erie Canal.

First Look Event Registration

    At both these events, we will adhere to current, recommended safety regulations regarding COVID-19. Please note that face masks will be required at each event.

    Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

    Bicentennial Level

    Western Terminus Level

    DeWitt Clinton Level

    Commercial Slip Level

    Low Bridge Level

    Hayburner Level

    • Debby & Larry Brassel
    • Paul Redding
    • Kirk & Nicole Dorn
    • Mike Lehman
    • Nancy & Larry Robinson
    • Tony Diina