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

Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west

 
 
Barge Tie Ups <i>& lock view looking west</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
1. Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west Marker
Inscription. When the Barge Canal opened on May 15, 1918, a large steam tug was chartered by the government to tow state boats on the new canal. The wages were based on a monthly scale for a twelve-hour workday and included board. The Captain received $175 per month, Mat $150, First Engineer $150, and Second Engineer $120. The two firemen and the cook each received $90 per month. The tug operated night and day, and all the crew, except the cook, worked six hours on and six hours off duty. Their employer allowed 90 cents per day to feed the crew.

For single footloose men, the life on the canal tug provided just about everything needed except recreation. There were some who found this in the many barrooms located along the canal. For other, canal work was something they knew and liked, and it provided the wages to support their families.


Sidebar on the right
Alexander Pound (1812-1890)
was the Superintendent of the Pound Manufacturing Company founded in 1835. The company manufactured plows, stoves, iron castings, and stationary steam engines. Since the building was located at the lower end of the canal locks basin, they were able to obtain power through the use of a hydraulic race.

In 1880 Mr. Pound invented the steam dredge (remainder of the text obscured by the reflection)
 
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Barge Tie Ups <i>& lock view looking west</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
2. Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west Marker
New York State Canals. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 10.302′ N, 78° 41.526′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Canal 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. Electric Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life on the Barges (about 300 feet away); Old Locks West (about 300 feet away); Upper Locks View (about 400 feet away); Lockport City Hall (about 400 feet away); Old City Hall (about 400 feet away); Lock Construction (about 400 feet away); The Great American Canal (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lockport.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at the eastern end of the concrete island which forms Locks 34 & 35.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Barge Tie Ups <i>& lock view looking west</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
3. Barge Tie Ups & lock view looking west Marker
Looking west toward Lock 34, Lockport in the background image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
4. Looking west toward Lock 34, Lockport in the background
Inside Lock 34 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
5. Inside Lock 34
The Pine Street Bridge above.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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