Life Along the Canal
Delaware Canal State Park
A boat’s “rig” consisted of mules, harness, tow lines, feed box, night hawker (headlight), stove and bilge pump. While some captains owned their boats, most rented them from Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. The captain hired a mule driver or used family as crew members.
The “Swampers” (Delaware Canal captains) and “Lehigh Dutchmen” (Lehigh Canal captains) ran the lengths of both canals. They loaded coal in Luzerne (1838-1862) or Carbon County, delivered
Often, a canallers’s family came along for the ride. Children as young as seven drove the mules along the towpath. Wives took over cooking operations and shared steering responsibilities. During warmer months the canals were their entire world.
Erected by Friends of the Delaware Canal.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Canal (AKA Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal)
Location. 40° 6.336′ N, 74° 51.12′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on Jefferson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol PA 19007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pvt. Michael Dougherty (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Ridgway Grundy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lock 3 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Firehouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); S/Sgt. James B. Boyle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Marker 19T (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lock 2 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.