News & Press Releases


20 Years of Vision

Published June 26, 2011

Read thoughts and comments from CHN Board Chairman Daryl DuLong on the significance of 20 years and where the organization is heading in the future: Article.


News Conference to Re-Launch Historic Wooden Vessel Mary Jemison in Downtown Rochester

Issued May 18, 2008

Well-known historic wooden vessel Mary Jemison will return to downtown Rochester and re-launch from Corn Hill Landing during a news conference on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11am. Corn Hill Navigation's Board of Directors will publicly thank the generous donors and public officials who have made possible two important tourist expansion projects in the City of Rochester: the recent renovation of Mary Jemison and the dredging of the Upper Genesee River at the Erie Harbor.

Mary Jemison first launched on the Upper Genesee River in 2005 as riverfront development there neared completion. The 77-year-old vessel quickly became a popular downtown attraction, helping make Corning Hill Landing a downtown destination and adding river and Erie Canal cruises to the region's rich variety of cultural and leisure activities.

During the winter of 2006-07, inspections by historic marine woodworkers and the United States Coast Guard revealed that Mary Jemison needed extensive repairs to be returned to active service. At the same time the shallowness of the Genesee River downtown hindered the ability of any passenger vessels to negotiate the river in the Erie Harbor basin.

A combination of public and private funders stepped forward with funding to renovate Mary Jemison, an economic asset, which, along with sister ship Sam Patch, attracts tourists from around the world to the region. The boats also play important roles in educating thousands of students, adults and families annually about the legendary Erie Canal, Genesee River and the importance of the region in national history.

Empire State Development pledged a $40,000 grant because of Corn Hill Navigation's tourism benefits to the region. The balance of the funding, $25,000 from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, $24,500 from the Klos Historical Fund of The Community Foundation, and $10,000 from the Davenport-Hatch Foundation, ensured that the well-known, historic vessel would return to downtown Rochester for the 2008 canalling season.

At the same time, officials from the New York State Canal Corporation and the City of Rochester worked together on a resolution that made dredging possible. When dredging is completed, dockage at Corn Hill Landing will be fully accessible to a wider array of pleasure craft and public passenger vessels, as well as Mary Jemison's daily cruises.

Corn Hill Navigation's mission is to foster the improvement and sustainability of the Erie Canal and Genesee River for current and future generations through education, awareness, and enjoyment. Two company vessels Sam Patch and Mary Jemison are essential in CHN's efforts to create new interest in the canal and river and provide opportunities for the community's future to benefit from the waterways of the past. Since its founding in 1991, this not-for-profit corporation has been an effective advocate for waterfront access, restoration and redevelopment, as well as river and canal maintenance.


Canal Vessel Sam Patch Returns to Schoen Place Dock May 2

Issued May 1, 2008

In preparation for the 2008 cruise season, Corn Hill Navigation's Sam Patch will return to its dock on the Erie Canal at Pittsford's Schoen Place on Friday, May 2 between 3:00-4:00pm. The canal packet boat replica spent the winter at MidLakes Navigation's marina in Macedon, and is now ready to delight passengers with daily cruises on the legendary Erie. Take advantage of this great photo opportunity! Sam's return is a true harbinger of the warm, leisurely days and nights to come.