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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 23: Antique Boats


WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for July 23 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America for Saturday, July 23. Antique car shows are held pretty much all over the country during nice weather. But Mystic, Conn., this weekend will host the 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous. The antique boats, built no later than 1952, will range from work boats to yachts. On Sunday, the boats will parade down the Mystic River, most with crews in appropriate costumes, led by the last coal-fired, steam-powered ferry operating in the U.S. Boating is one of the most popular recreational activities in the nation. We own 17.5 million of them and, each year, buy another 850,000, along with 300,000 outboard motors and 130,000 trailers. The cost for all this fun on the water is about $30 billion a year. Find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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