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Clifton Park in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Clutes Dry Dock

 
 
Clutes Dry Dock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 3, 2008
1. Clutes Dry Dock Marker
Inscription.
Volvyder's Dry Dock, 1825.
Re-established by Nicholas
Clute, 1852. Canal boats
built and repaired here.
Settlement abandoned 1907.

 
Erected by Clifton Park Bicentennial Comm.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 47.63′ N, 73° 46.597′ W. Marker is in Clifton Park, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clifton Park NY 12065, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cast Iron Whipple Truss Bridge, 1869 (approx. one mile away); Whipple Iron Truss Bridge (approx. one mile away); Erie Canal (approx. one mile away); Boght Church (approx. 2 miles away); The Boght (approx. 2 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lock 19 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Amity Reformed Church (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
Regarding Clutes Dry Dock. Probably opened about the time the canal opened in 1825, Clute's dry dock was originally run by the Volvyder's family. The dry dock, where boats were built and repaired, was likely enlarged when the canal was in 1842. By 1852 Nicholas J. Clute was running the dry dock. The Clutes had a nearby home and store which they built. There was a sizable community until about 1900 when boat traffic died down. In 1907 the Mohawk River was dammed up to create the barge canal and much of the area was flooded. A couple of homes were moved to higher ground. Today the dry dock serves as a canoe launch for folks who paddle around in the old Erie Canal.
Clutes Dry Dock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 3, 2008
2. Clutes Dry Dock Marker

 
Also see . . .  The Travels of Tug 44 - Erie Canal - Clutes Drydock, Vischer's Ferry, New York. (Submitted on November 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Clutes Dry Dock Marker & Erie Canal Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 3, 2008
3. Clutes Dry Dock Marker & Erie Canal
The dry dock was off to the left. The Erie canal goes on, eastward, to the right.
Clutes Dry Dock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 3, 2008
4. Clutes Dry Dock Marker
When the drydock was in operation the narrow opening that leads out to the canal beyond had a set of wooden doors similar to those used at a lift lock. Boats were drawn in, afloat, and then the doors were shut. The water would be drained from the dry dock allowing repair work to be done on a boat within the lock.
Clutes Dry Dock Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 3, 2008
5. Clutes Dry Dock
The floating dock inside the dry dock is used to launch canoes and kayaks. The marker is in the back ground.
Clutes Dry Dock Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
6. Clutes Dry Dock
Dry Dock, Erie Canal, Clutes Dry Dock, c. 1890
This view of the dry dock shows it drained of water so the cradles for holding the canal boats can be seen. A boat on the left is being repaired. The men are standing on the closed gates to the dry dock. The canal is just beyond, and Nicholas Clute's store is on the left.
Farmer's Bridge at Clutes Dry Dock , c 1905 Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 22, 2012
7. Farmer's Bridge at Clutes Dry Dock , c 1905
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 647 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   6. submitted on September 22, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   7. submitted on September 23, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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