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Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tour Boat Then & Now

 
 
Tour Boat <i>Then & Now</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
1. Tour Boat Then & Now Marker
Inscription. A packet boat was upwards of 80 feet long, 9 feet wide at is extreme breadth, with 50 feet of cabin space in the center for passengers. This left 10 feet of space in the prow and 20 feet for the steerage deck. The long but narrow cabin was sufficiently lofty to admit walking with ease, and the roof of it formed the upper deck of the boat. The cabin was lined with neatly cushioned seats, with a succession of Venetian blinded to open or shut at pleasure. Passengers took their meals at the long table that ran through the center of the cabin.

The boat was drawn by a team of three horses. Each team was kept at a full trot and changed every 8-10 miles, so the packet boat traveled at approximately 5 miles per hour. The trip was easy and agreeable during the day, except for the occasional inconvenience of stopping under low bridges from time to time. But at night the trip was not nearly as pleasant. At 9 o’clock, the cabin was cleared to put up rows of hanging beds made of broad shelves and suspended by cords, hanging over each other in triple tiers. Besides the discomfort of close stowage, it was difficult getting in and out. The complete trip by packet boat from Rochester to Buffalo usually took twenty-one hours.

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Raphael Beck (1858-1947) was a well-known Lockport artist whose artwork featured
Tour Boat <i>Then & Now</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
2. Tour Boat Then & Now Marker
This marker is the closer plaque.
the City of Lockport in its early years. His mural depicting the opening of the Erie Canal can be seen at the Lockport High School. He also sketched a portrait of William McKinley just before the President was assented at he Pan American Exposition.
 
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 10.215′ N, 78° 41.627′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Canal Street near Pine Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lockport NY 14094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Lock Construction (here, next to this marker); Upson Park (a few steps from this marker); “Lockport Flight of Five” (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canal Comparisons (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The “Big Bridge” (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lockport.
 
More about this marker.
Packet Boat Henry image. Click for full size.
By Postcard circa 1910, n/a
3. Packet Boat Henry
This marker is on the concrete island next to Locks 34 & 35.
 
Also see . . .  Packet Boat Stories - The Erie Canal. These boats are about 70 feet long, and with the exception of the Kitchen and bar, is occupied as a Cabin. The forward part being the ladies' Cabin, is separated by a curtain, but at meal times this obstruction is removed, and the table is set the whole length of the boat. The table is supplied with every thing that is necessary and of the best quality with many of the luxuries of life. (Submitted on September 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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