Williamsport in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life on the Canal
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 "The coal was dumped ten tons at a time, a dozen car loads furnishing the one hundred and twenty tons that the boat carried."
 "We could see a point of light dimly in the distance; this was the far end of the tunnel which grew larger and brighter as we sailed slowly, very slowly, along, while the end we entered frew smaller and smaller."
 "As we came in sight of the lock the captain brought out his tin horn and gave several loud blasts. The tin horn was almost as much a part of the outfit as the mule."
 "There were some three or four hundred boats on the canal...in every stage of repairs...Captain Coss owned his own boat, the "Caroline of Williamsport," in honor of the town he was from."
 "Taking a few steps to get a nearer view of the animals (mules), one of the tow boys yelled 'take care there, them mules will kick a chaw of tobacco out of a man's mouth three rods off!'"
 "At last the journey has ended. We had passed the last lock sailed over
These quotes come from the "Life on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal 1859" book, edited by Ella E. Clark and Thomas F. Hahn, published in November 1977. The author is unknown.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 36.036′ N, 77° 49.65′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Potomac Street (U.S. 11). Click for map. Marker is along the C&O Canal Towpath, right next to the Cushwa Basin, and about 200 feet south of the Conococheaque Aqueduct. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creating a National Park (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Williamsport (a few steps from this marker); C & O Canal Aqueduct (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Cushwa Basin/Williamsport (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Williamsport (within shouting distance Connecting People and Places (within shouting distance of this marker); Conococheague Creek Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsport.
More about this marker. This marker appears to have replaced the "Creating a National Park" marker that was here in 2012. It is currently (2016) the only marker located in the narrow area between the tow path and the basin.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on July 17, 2016.