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Chittenango in Madison County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Busy, Bustling Boatyard

 
 
A Busy, Bustling Boatyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
1. A Busy, Bustling Boatyard Marker
Background photo: A view of the boatyard in the 1870s, courtesy of Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.
Inscription.  In the late 1800s the boatyard across from you was full of boats, shops, people, horses and mules. The heart of the complex was the three-bay dry dock where canal boats were repaired. New boats were built on the ground next to the dry docks.

Over time, the complex also contained businesses such as a dry goods and supply store, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a woodworking shop, stables and a boarding house for boatyard workers. With so much activity, this boatyard was the equivalent of a thruway stop for canal travelers.

Working in the Boatyard
From 1865 to 1880, 15 to 20 men were employed at the Chittenango Landing dry docks at any given time. These men worked ten-hour days and earned an average of $1.63 each day, about $45 a month. Compare their monthly salary to other skilled workers: shoemaker $25; blacksmith $25-30; cabinet maker $25; tailor $30.

Traffic Jam on the Canal
On August 30, 1889, a boat with a hole in its side sank before it could get to the dry docks at Chittenango Landing. Another boat, trying to pass, became stuck and created a blockade. Over 100 boats were forced to stop on the
Marker detail: Workers in the Boatyard image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
2. Marker detail: Workers in the Boatyard
canal: a pileup that must have stretched for miles! It took over 15 hours to clear the way for boats to move again.

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
After this section of the canal closed in 1917, these dry docks became a dumping ground. In 1985 the people of Chittenango rediscovered the site and soon began restoring the buildings and docks. Today, the museum is open for visitors to learn about canal life in the 1800s. Visit the museum to learn more about canal life in the 1800s!
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 3.634′ N, 75° 52.302′ W. Marker is in Chittenango, New York, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Towpath Road just west of Lakeport Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located along the Erie Canalway Trail (Old Erie Canal State Park), overlooking Pool's Brook, (old Erie Canal), and the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango NY 13037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Feeding the Canal (a few steps from this marker); A Cannery at the Crosswaters (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Docks: Canal Service Centers (within shouting distance
Marker detail: Traffic Jam on the Canal image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
3. Marker detail: Traffic Jam on the Canal
of this marker); Lamplighters Cart (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lateral Canal (approx. 1.1 miles away); Canaseraga (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Erie Canal (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pool's Brook (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chittenango.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Chittenango Landing
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: Chittenango Landing Dry Docks image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
4. Marker detail: Chittenango Landing Dry Docks
A Busy, Bustling Boatyard Marker  <i>wide view<br>(Chittenango Landing in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
5. A Busy, Bustling Boatyard Marker wide view
(Chittenango Landing in background)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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