WILLIAMSPORT — Perhaps it will inspire a return of the spirit of Capt. Raleigh Bender.
For the first time since March 1924, when the local canal boat captain made his last trip on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, a launch boat will once again ply the canal’s waters in Williamsport this weekend, C&O Canal National Historical Park officials said.
Williamsport town officials and park officials, who have been working on ways to capitalize on tourism associated with the canal, have discussed having boats return to the old commercial shipping waterway.
A launch boat was built and brought to the canal in Williamsport last April for a test.
A few modifications were made on the boat, and it was returned to Williamsport about three weeks ago, C&O Canal Park Ranger Lisa Dittman said Thursday.
The boat was placed in the canal last week and is now docked at Lockhouse 44 near Williamsport, Dittman said.