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Metamora in Franklin County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ben Franklin III

 
 
Ben Franklin III Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
1. Ben Franklin III Marker
Stern of the canal boat is visible in background.
Inscription.  
The Ben Franklin III, launched in 1989, was designed and constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Designed as a freighter, the vessel is 75’ long and has a beam (or width) of 12’. Constructed of wood and fiberglass, it holds approximately 75 passengers and crew.

The first Ben Franklin was one of the original boats traveling on the canal in the 1840’s. The second Ben Franklin was a replica of the “passenger packet” type of canal boat. The State of Indiana used this boat beginning in 1980 to give visitors to Metamora a feel for canal life. After some nine years of service it was replaced by our present boat.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 26.827′ N, 85° 8.256′ W. Marker is in Metamora, Indiana, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Pennington Road, on the left when traveling south. The marker is alongside the canal, near the canal bridge into Metamora. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19096 Pennington Rd, Metamora IN 47030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of

Ben Franklin III Canal Boat Stern image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
2. Ben Franklin III Canal Boat Stern
this marker. Metamora Grist Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Carriage House (about 300 feet away); Passenger Pigeon Extinction (about 400 feet away); Water Wheel & Lock #25 (about 400 feet away); Jonathan Banes House (about 700 feet away); Odd Fellows Hall (about 700 feet away); Canal Front Dry Goods Store (about 700 feet away); Farmers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metamora.
 
Ben Franklin III Canal Boat Bow image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
3. Ben Franklin III Canal Boat Bow
Ben Franklin III Canal Boat image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
4. Ben Franklin III Canal Boat
Joey & Jourdan image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2012
5. Joey & Jourdan
The horses, lead by their handlers, walk between the tracks and pull the boat up and down the canal.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on January 11, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on September 19, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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