For those keeping in touch with Erie Canal history, a petition was put out by the Preservation League of New York State to save "the Urger" —it's a famous tugboat — from retirement.

Supporters want to keep the State Canal Corporation from placing the boat in a dry-dock exhibition in Montgomery County, but other canal boats similar to the Urger may meet a more abysmal fate. The state wants to sink more than 25 historical vessels off Long Island as fixtures in an artificial reef.

The Preservation League's Jay DiLaurenzo explains more about these efforts.