This vessel has introduced thousands of school children and members of the public to New York’s navigable waterways, reinforcing the role of the Erie Canal in making New York the Empire State.
Tug Urger used to travel up and down the canal system for school field trips and public events. Now the Canal Corporation and NYPA want to pull it from the water and make it a dry-land exhibit at a NYS Visitor Center off the Thruway in Montgomery County. NYPA’s plans would permanently disable the Urger and prevent it from returning to service.
The League has launched an advocacy campaign to call attention to the plight of the Urger and to call on the Canal Corporation and New York Power Authority to work with stakeholders to develop a plan for the fleet of historic canal vessels, more than a dozen of which are slated to be scuttled off Long Island to create artificial reefs for sport fishing and recreational diving.
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- Sign the petition on our website to save the Urger and keep canal boats afloat!
- Send an email to your friends with a link to the petition page (www.preservenys.org/save-the-urger), inviting them to join you in this effort.
- Forward that email to firstname.lastname@example.org - and we'll send you a Preservation League baseball cap or t-shirt (your choice of size) with our thanks!