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Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland

 
 
A Canal Boat Replica—<i>The Cumberland</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
1. A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland Marker
Note #1: Viewing east towards the marker.
Inscription.  The Cumberland is a full scale replica canal boat, measuring approximately 93 feet long and 14.5 feet wide. It was constructed in 1976 as a Bicentennial project the C&O Canal of Cumberland, Maryland, Inc. (COCCM), a non-profit organization whose goal was to create a lasting legacy to Cumberland's rich C&O Canal heritage. Originally located at Lock 75, The Cumberland incorporates period displays and canal artifacts to give visitors a firsthand look at what life was like on the C&O Canal.

When the COCCM began planning construction in 1975, no original boats or blueprints were in existence, so plans had to be painstakingly recreated. Construction materials and labor where estimated at more than $100,000. To help defray some of the the costs, souvenir shares of stock were sold, andabout 10,000 man hours were donated by the U.S. Naval Reserve Seabees Unit (RMNCB-23), the U.S. Army Reserve's 265th Supply Company, students at Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education and civilian volunteers.

The completed canal boat replica was dedicated on July 11, 1976. The COCCM maintained and operated the replica
A Canal Boat Replica—<i>The Cumberland</i> marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
2. A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland marker
Note #1: Viewing north toward the marker and the boat.
Note #2: Visible on the deck is the marker calle "A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin.
for the next 23 years, conducting interpretive boat tours during the spring and summer. In 1999, ownership was transferred to the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority for relocation to Canal Place, Maryland's first Certified Heritage Area. The Cumberland was relocated to its current home on January 4, 2000 as one of the State's Millennium celebration projects.

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The Cumberland in the early stages of its original construction in 1976

January 2000: The replica is transported in two sections to Canal Place for reassembly.


Cut Water A wooden ridge on the boat's bow that parted the water for easier passage.

Mule Stable or Shed Shelter for the mules when they were not on the towpath.

Hay House Area where hay, grain and other feed for the animals was stored.

Raceway/Racewalk Narrow walkway providing access around the edge of the boat from one cabin to the next.

Tiller Handle used to steer the boat.

Bow Front of the boat.

Stern or AFt Back of the boat.

Rub Shakes Bumpers or "ribs" along the boat that protected the sides of the boat.

Hatch Covers Panels used to cover the boat's cargo hold. Each
<i>The Cumberland</i> (Replica canal boat) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
3. The Cumberland (Replica canal boat)
Note #1: Viewing north towards the boat.
boat had 14 hatch covers where were removed to load and unload cargo.


Cargo Hold Area where cargo (coal, grain, lumber and other goods) was held during transport.

Captain's Cabin Kitchen area and sleeping quarters for the captain and his crew.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
 
Location. 39° 38.836′ N, 78° 45.743′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker can be reached from Canal Street 0.1 miles west of Wineow Street. Marker is located along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and is next to the canal boat replica called the "Cumberland.". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C&O Canal Terminus (here, next to this marker); Irish Laborers (within shouting distance of this marker); Footer's Dye Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin (about 400 feet away); Cumberland Terminus: Yesterday and Today
<i>The Cumberland</i> (Replica canal boat) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
4. The Cumberland (Replica canal boat)
Note #1: Viewing south towards the boat.
(about 400 feet away); Explore a Trail Network (about 500 feet away); Cumberland Terminus: Yesterday and Today (about 800 feet away); Life on the Canal (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cumberland Visitor Center, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 26, 2019.)
2. History & Culture, Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 26, 2019.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2019. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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