Albion Students Take Action as Erie Canal Tug “Urger” is Threatened

Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spotlights sites that have shaped the American identity, and the people working tirelessly to protect them. This summer the editors reached out with their plans to feature the National Register-listed tug “Urger” in their Fall issue.

On September 18, League staff and other advocates met with representatives from the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Among the items discussed was a vessel assessment of tug Urger. Advocates asked for a scope of work for this new study, as well as an understanding of what its goals are. Currently the Urger is in Waterford and will go into dry dock for the winter and the vessel assessment noted above.

Readers all over the country – and world – will learn that the beloved “teaching tug” and flagship of the Erie Canal is considered THREATENED when they read Preservation magazine. Tug Urger still needs your help! If you haven’t already done so, consider signing the petition #SaveTheUrger and #KeepCanalBoatsAfloat! If you’ve already added your name, we thank you, and we ask you to send this link ( to anyone who may be interested in keeping the teaching tug Urger on the canal, where she belongs.

As part of a bicentennial celebration of the Erie Canal, Albion students in 6th grade Citizenship classes and 7th grade Service Learning classes have been learning about the canal and its important role in New York State history. The Preservation League of NYS is spearheading a campaign to #SaveTheUrger. The students read about the campaign. They signed and sent petitions to the New York State Canal Corporation and New York Power Authority. This is a way for students to explore the many roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

WNYLRC offers members an opportunity to learn more about the Erie Canal as well, with the online exhibition: and the traveling exhibit banners:

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