Some folks like Town of Urbana Supervisor John Webster are probably breathing a sigh of relief; but for other folks like the photographer who used to take wedding pictures on the Keuka Maid that I met at Champlin Beach Park in Hammondsport, they will probably be shedding a few tears at the Maid’s departure. According to the Painted Post’s newspaper, “the Fields’ Construction Company is carefully dismantling the boat and moving it to Fields’ business in Canandaigua.”
We arrived just in time to see that much of the steel had been torched and brought ashore. The workmen were busy removing the remaining paddle wheel from the boat and carefully bringing it onto shore to be placed along side of the first paddle wheel.
I remarked to Jeanette that if the steel was headed to a furnace, it wouldn’t have been necessary to paint on the panels their location on the boat! So I have no doubt that the Keuka Maid will be given new life somewhere on Canandaigua Lake and she will be put back together like the pieces of a cross-word puzzle!
But the end of January is rapidly coming up as Jeremy Fields was given an extension until the end of January to determine the condition of the hull, and the Fields’ Construction Company has to pay $500 per month for rent of the dock in Hammondsport. While the Fields’ Construction has not made it officially known where the remains of the Keuka Maid are headed, I’m thinking that they will end up in Woodsville, a small Hamlet at the southern end of Canandiagua Lake. Perhaps he will rename the boat “Ontario III” as the Ontario I and the Ontario II were built in Woodville in 1845 and 1867 respectively.