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Church floats past hundreds of onlookers

Cheers and applause rose up over the rain-soaked shores of a Nova Scotia river Thursday as a ferry steamed into port carrying an exalted piece of cargo.

About 300 people crowded around the wharf in Newport Landing while the boat slowly inched toward shore, laden with a 170-year-old church spared from a wrecking ball and destined for a new home inland.

"It's just a magnificent sight," onlooker Marlene Kinsman said as she watched St. Matthew's Church move up the Avon River under grey, drizzly skies.

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