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Rare example of early canal boat in New York lake


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Three scuba divers say they've discovered a rare example of an early Erie Canal boat on the bottom of an upstate New York lake.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) Timothy Caza, Timothy Downing and Christopher Martin, all of Oswego County, found the shipwreck in Oneida Lake in 2011. Ben Ford, a maritime archaeologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the divers excavated and recorded the shipwreck in 2013 and 2014.

The divers say the 62-foot-long wooden vessel was determined to be a Durham boat, which were designed to carry heavy c...

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