updated 5/27/2011 2:17:24 PM ET 2011-05-27T18:17:24

The last remaining U.S.-built steam-powered yacht in America is making an inaugural trip on the Erie Canal.

The 126-foot-long steam yacht Cangarda was purchased in 1904 by George Taylor Fulford, a member of Canadian Parliament. It remained with the family for many years, home ported on the family estate on the St. Lawrence River. While there, it hosted the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Kent, and the prime ministers of both England and Canada.

From 1953 to1983, Frederick Burtis Smith lived aboard the opulent vessel in Rochester. Smith was the son of a wealthy attorney who socialized with the Rockefellers and John Barrymore.

The vessel later fell in to disrepair, eventually sinking in Boston Harbor in 1999. It was restored in 2004 by California resident Bob McNeil.

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