What’s up with that landlocked boat in Georgetown?

Author: John Kelly [Washington Post]

According to a display next to the National Park Service’s Visitor Center in Georgetown, there were public, mule-drawn canal boat rides offered between 1942 and 2010. In fact, the last of these tour boats appears to still be in the canal between Thomas Jefferson and 31st streets. Can you tell us anything about these boats?— John McCarthy, Washington

Answer Man can tell you that the boat currently in Georgetown is on its last legs. Or would be, if boats had legs, which they don’t. Let’s just say it isn’t seaworthy — not even canal-worthy.

In the summer of 2011, Park Service personnel noticed cracks in the hull of the boat, aptly named the Georgetown.

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