Corn Hill Navigation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit operator of the Sam Patch Tour Boat. Public cruises and chartered events help to underwrite our efforts to provide field studies on the Erie Canal to thousands of students annually. Our vision is to improve and sustain the Erie Canal and adjoining Genesee River for current and future generations through awareness, education, conservation, and enjoyment.
The Sam Patch, a replica packet boat on the Erie Canal, embarks from Schoen Place in historic Pittsford, New York. Our cruises provide unparalleled opportunities to experience history and enjoy a relaxing getaway that showcases the beauty and ingenuity of America's celebrated Erie Canal.
One of our most popular voyages is a leisurely 90- minute cruise on the Erie Canal. Sam Patch provides an authentic Erie Canal experience while navigating through Lock 32, a working lock that has guided vessels along the canal for over a century.
The Sam Patch offers public and student cruises, and private charters tailored to family, friends, and co-workers daily throughout the season. Consider chartering the Sam Patch for your conference, private corporate meeting, employee incentive, retreat, or celebration.
Other popular events on the Sam Patch include themed cruises and special events including live music, local history, guest speakers, bicycle ride and glides, sunset cruises, ice cream cruises, trivia, and wine tastings.