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Century-old N.S. church sails to new home

An historic Cape Breton church sailed across the Bras d'Or Lakes Tuesday, part of a journey towards its new home

A historic Cape Breton church cruised across the Bras d'Or Lakes Tuesday, part of a journey towards its new home.

Constructed as a Presbyterian church in 1874, the 2,000-sq.-ft. Malagawatch United Church floated about 15 kilometres along the Bras d'Or Lakes on a barge.

The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is moving the church from the community of Malagawatch to Iona, the site of the Highland Village. It will become part of the centre's interpretive program.

A Nova Scotia-based company hoisted the 129-year-old church onto a trailer and moved it onto a barge at the shores of the River Denys Basin.

It made landfall Tuesday evening, where it remained on the barge until morning. The complete move will be finished by Thursday or Friday.

Rodney Chaisson, director of the Highland Village, says so far the church is holding up.

"The church stayed in wonderful condition. There were no problems," he told the Cape Breton Post.

"It's been a dream for the Highland Village for many, many years to have a church on the site," he said.

The federally-funded Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation will pay 75 per cent of the $300,000 cost, while the rest came from a fundraising effort.