HANCOCK -- Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park officials are considering operating boats on a watered section of the canal near Hancock.
The boats would be similar to the recreational boats that were popular on the canal at the end of the 19th century, according to William T. Justice, chief of interpretation for the C&O Canal.
The boats were smaller than shipping boats and usually were steam- or electric-powered, Justice said.
Kevin Brandt, superintendent of the C&O Canal, talked about the plans for boats Tuesday in Hancock when officials were opening a new town museum that will feature exhibits from the former Sideling Hill Exhibit Center.
After the museum was opened, town officials led a crowd to the Western Maryland Rail Trail to talk about improvements there and planned improvements to the canal.