Freight boat is ready to take product from Medina to Buffalo

Posted 7 March 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

MEDINA – In this photo taken from the Medina Canal Basin during the 1890s, we see the freight boat “Celina.” Stenciled on the boat it says, “The Buffalo Rochester Transit Co.”

The sign on the roof of the building at dockside states: “Buffalo and Rochester Steamboat Express Inc.” This was a fast way for local farmers and produce dealers to ship fruit at the time. Note the seven-story tower of the White’s Hotel in the background.