Erie Canal Inspection Begins in Buffalo

August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Syracuse, an 81-year-old tugboat, left Canalside this morning for a week-long inspection of the Erie Canal.

"We do all kinds of hard work to maintain - to keep the depth constant and maintain the banks," said the boat's captain, Wendy Marble.

"It is a very busy time of year. It'll actually pick up I believe. In the fall a lot of the boats from the Great Lakes area will transit the canal on their way to the south for the winter," she said.

The Syracuse will inspect locks, lift bridges and other structures along the historic waterway.

"We will carefully inspect and account for the system's safe, clean and efficient working order," said Brian Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation during a news conference Tuesday morning.

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