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Crowd bids farewell to mule-drawn canal boat

Dozens of Washington, D.C. community members, history lovers and volunteers found their way to Lock 4 of the C&O Canal on Thursday to share memories and honor The Georgetown canal boat.

The boat will be moved in the next several weeks to Fletchers Cove where it will be dismantled; disassembled out of existence.

The National Park Service, which operates the C&O Canal and its historic outreach programs, determined that repairs to the mule-drawn 1870s replica boat would be "cost-prohibitive," according to John Noel, a regional spokesman for the agency.

The boat was taken out of service last season and even then required continued upkeep from Park Service staff, who had to bail out the water it takes on as it sits in the canal.

Click here for the full report by Georgetown Patch and click here for a slideshow of the canal boat.