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Durham in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Canal Boats

Delaware Canal Lock 21

 
 
Canal Boats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
1. Canal Boats Marker
Inscription.
Boatbuilding
American canal boats met standards as unique as their canals. Here, the preferred boat met Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s specifications of 87 ½ feet long, 10.5 feet wide and 7 ½ feet tall. The wooden “hinge” boats carried up to 100 tons of cargo.

Private boatyards built and repaired boats along the Delaware Canal at Uhlerstown, Erwinna, Upper Back Eddy, Point Pleasant, New Hope and Bristol. The major Company owned boatyards operated in Weissport and Laury’s Station on the Leigh Navigation.

Hinge Boats
Boat captains liked the flexibility of the “hinge boat” boat. They separated the two sections easily by removing center connecting pins. This boat effortlessly turned in the narrow Delaware Canal and handily hauled two types of freight. The two sections traveled on the inclined planes of New Jersey’s Morris Canal eliminating the need for load transfers.

Passing Rules
In 1833, rules established by the Canal Commissioners allowed the “light” (unloaded) boat the right of way when two boats met. The loaded boat steered to the side opposite the towpath and stopped their mules. The tow line sank to the canal bottom. The lighter boat, traveling higher in the water, passed over the line. Both then continued on their way. When boats approached

Mules and Men Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
2. Mules and Men Marker
each other, difficulties sometimes arose. Fights often began when a faster boat could not pass a slower boat. After all, they made money by the load…and time was money.
 
Erected by Friends of the Canal.
 
Location. 40° 34.783′ N, 75° 11.816′ W. Marker is in Durham, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 611 and Durham Road on State Route 611. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Durham PA 18039, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delaware Canal (here, next to this marker); Mt. Joy (approx. 0.9 miles away in New Jersey); Mid-Atlantic Highlands (approx. one mile away); Riegelsville (approx. one mile away); Riegelsville Roebling Bridge (approx. one mile away); Riegelsville Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Riegelsville Academy and Public Library (approx. 1.2 miles away); Riegelsville Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away in New Jersey).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Making and Moving Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
3. Making and Moving Iron Marker
Delaware Canal Lock 21 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
4. Delaware Canal Lock 21
Sigh at the entrance to the Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
5. Sigh at the entrance to the Park
Delaware Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
6. Delaware Canal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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