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WASHINGTON, D.C. – For a while it looked like there was no hope for one of the most iconic pieces of Georgetown but now there is a multi-million dollar plan now in place to bring this piece of history back to life.

“It looked like an impressionist painting passing my shop and every time the painting was different,” Arlette Cahen-Coppock said as she looked at the C and O Canal from her salon.

For years, The Georgetown carried tourists up and down the canal while being pulled by mules.
Now the boat is dry docked at the 4th lock.

It was taken out of service in 2011 when it just became too expensive to maintain after decades of service.

“When the repairs needed to happen the money wasn’t there to pay for them,”Tom Birch with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission told DCW50.

As for the reason why the boat is still in the canal Birch said it is pretty simple.

“It’s a constant reminder to those of us who walk along this every day and visitors passing by,” Birch added. “Here’s a boat that needs help.”

Help is on the way.

The NPS is spending more than $6 million repairing the locks. Georgetown Heritage, a nonprofit, is also working to raise money to match a $3 million grant from the District to pay for a new canal boat and future improvements to the area.

Four years after throwing a farewell party for The Georgetown, this community is now counting down the days to a new chapter for life on a canal that has been a part of life here since the 1800s.

The canal rides could return sometime in 2018.

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