The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, the nonprofit partner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, has announced funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) for the Matton Shipyard Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Initiative in Cohoes.
Announced on December 13, the funding award of $373,400 is expected to be used to stabilize three original structures of the early 20th century ship building and repair facility, remediate environmental hazards, and stabilize 740-feet of Hudson River shoreline to prevent further erosion.
The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, in partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Canal Corporation, has planning efforts aimed at transforming the former shipyard, located within Peebles Island State Park. More than 100 people voiced their support and shared ideas for the site at public meetings held earlier this year.
The site links to several land and water-based trails and has the potential to become a hub for educational and recreational activities.
From 1916 to 1983, Matton workers built more than 340 tug boats, police boats, WWII submarine chasers, and other vessels. Eleven former employees and family members participated in an oral history project coordinated by the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund in 2017. Their accounts of life at the barge canal era shipyard will be key to interpreting the site for future users.
To learn more about the project and read the Matton Stories, click here.
For more information about the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, click here.