The General Harrison of Piqua
On Wednesday, August 22, 2001 the Piqua
Historical Area's new canal boat, the General Harrison of
Piqua, arrived by truck from Albany, New York. The new canal
boat, built to replace the General Harrison, that had gone
out of service in July, 2000, was constructed by Scarno Boat Building.
The new boat is very similar to the boat it replaced with one exception:
the portion of the hull in the water is constructed of aluminum
for longer life. Many people, both from the Piqua community and
the Ohio Historical Society, were on hand for what was a very memorable
afternoon. The General Harrison of Piqua was lifted into
the water with the help of Piqua Steel and Ticon Construction. As
soon as the new boat was in the water of the Miami-Erie Canal, those
visitors who wished were treated to the first ride on the General
Harrison of Piqua.
The following images depict a progression of the day's event.
Click on an image for a larger view and brief description.