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19th-century canal boat found in New York lake

A canal boat dating back to the 19th century has been found in Oneidea Lake in New York.

The wreckage of a long slender boat was determined to be a Durham boat. Durham boats were the first canal boats in the state and were designed to carry heavy cargo on the early canals and rivers.

No archaeological examples of Durham boats were identified prior to this discovery, according to diver Timothy Caza, of West Monroe.

Caza, and his diving partners, Christopher Martin, of Constantia, and Timothy Downing, of West Monroe, found the shipwreck in 2011. The divers and Ben Ford, a maritime archaeologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, excavated and recorded the shipwreck in 2013 and 2014.

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Story: Sarah Moses, Syracuse | Photo: Syracuse

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