"The Chief Engineer Of Rome"
The boat which now travels on the section of the enlarged Erie Canal at the village is a replica of those that traveled on Clinton’s Ditch and the enlarged Erie Canal before the Civil War. Boats such as this one, which carried passengers, were called "Packet Boats". The name was taken from ocean going ships, which were fast sail boats carrying mail and passengers. On the canal, packet boats were pulled by horses or mules and could carry a much heavier load than the same number of animals could pull on land.