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Williamsport in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boats Passing By

 
 
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By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
1. Boats Passing By Marker
Inscription. In days past, while standing on the edge of the canal one would see a variety of boats float by. During the peak operating years of the C&O Canal in the 1870's, as many as 550 freight boats were in use on the canal carrying tons of coal from Cumberland to Georgetown. These were the most common boats associated with the canal. Mule drawn freighters were only part of the story, a story that can be told in boats.

[text with top right photo] Work Boats. Maintenance boats helped maintain the waterway by removing aquatic growth and debris, and responding to breaches and flood damage.

[text with middle right photo] Launches. At the turn of the 20th century small engine-powered boats called launches or cruisers were used to explore and conduct canal business.

[text with bottom right photo] Packet Boats. Horse drawn packet boats provided commercial excursions and passenger transportation.
 
Location. 39° 35.952′ N, 77° 49.595′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Salisbury Street 0.1 miles west of Commerce Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is along the canal tow path, at the base of the Salisbury Street bridge that crosses over the canal. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Boats Passing By Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
2. Boats Passing By Marker
View south from the marker. The bridge in this photo is Salisbury Street.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport (within shouting distance of this marker); Doubleday Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry (about 400 feet away); Abner Doubleday (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Doubleday Hill (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Williamsport (about 500 feet away); The C&O Canal in Williamsport (about 500 feet away); Creating a National Park (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Boats Passing By Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
3. Boats Passing By Marker
View north toward the railroad lift bridge. The highway bridge beyond that is US route 11, and the Cushwa Basin is beyond the highway bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on July 17, 2016.
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