USC engineering students hold concrete canoe race


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Engineering students from the University of South Carolina are hoping to beat the competition by trying to keep a concrete boat afloat on Lake Murray.

Students from the College of Engineering and Computing Friday are hosting the American Society of Civil Engineers' regional conference.

The canoe race runs at Pine Island in the morning. It pits students from 10 Southeastern schools against each other as they test which team constructs the fastest and most buoyant canoe using concrete and other materials.

The American Society of Civil Engineers says on its website that concrete boat building dates back to 1848, when Joseph Louis Lambot built thin-walled, reinforced concrete boats at his estate in France. Concrete also was used to build barges during World War II to replace scarce steel supplies.

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