Little Falls in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The bateau (French word for boat) was the favored type of watercraft used to navigate the inland streams, rivers and lakes of New York in the 1700’s. As roads were few and those that were built were hard to travel due to ruts after rain, swampy conditions, steep hills, creeks or ravines to cross, the inland waterways served as the main transportation routes for Indian traders, farmers sending their produce to market, travelers, merchants and the military – both British and American (after 1776).
The bateaux were well suited for their purpose. They were flat bottomed; this allowed them to pass easily over the rifts (shallow water over rocky areas) that were common in the river. They needed only a few inches of water to float and could carry up to 1½ tons of cargo drawing only 1½ feet of water. They were pointed at both ends for maneuverability.
The average Mohawk River bateau was between 18 and 30 feet long and weighed about ½ ton. It was mainly propelled by setting poles, about 8 feet long, that were jammed into the river bottom and used to push the bateau along. Each bateau
Location. 43° 1.674′ N, 74° 48.926′ W. Marker is in Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 169, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located behind the hose at Herkimer Home State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Little Falls NY 13365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From This Point (within shouting distance of this marker); General Nicholas Herkimer's Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Palatines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Nicholas Herkimer Monument (about 300 feet away); Herkimer Homestead Cemetery (about 300 feet away); General Nicholas Herkimer (about 300 feet away); In Memory of the Men (about 400 feet away); Nicholas Herkimer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.