Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tour Boat Then & Now
The boat was drawn by a team of three horses. Each team was kept at a full trot and changed every 8-10 miles, so the packet boat traveled at approximately 5 miles per hour. The trip was easy and agreeable during the day, except for the occasional inconvenience of stopping under low bridges from time to time. But at night the trip was not nearly as pleasant. At 9 o’clock, the cabin was cleared to put up rows of hanging beds made of broad shelves and suspended by cords, hanging over each other in triple tiers. Besides the discomfort of close stowage, it was difficult getting in and out. The complete trip
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Raphael Beck (1858-1947) was a well-known Lockport artist whose artwork featured the City of Lockport in its early years. His mural depicting the opening of the Erie Canal can be seen at the Lockport High School. He also sketched a portrait of William McKinley just before the President was assented at he Pan American Exposition.
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list.
Location. 43° 10.215′ N, 78° 41.627′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Canal Street near Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lockport NY 14094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Lock Construction (here, next to this marker); Upson Park (a few steps from this marker); “Lockport Flight of Five” (within shouting distance of this marker); Hydraulic Race Control Gates (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Bridge The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canal Comparisons (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
More about this marker. This marker is on the concrete island next to Locks 34 & 35.
Also see . . . Packet Boat Stories - The Erie Canal. These boats are about 70 feet long, and with the exception of the Kitchen and bar, is occupied as a Cabin. The forward part being the ladies' Cabin, is separated by a curtain, but at meal times this obstruction is removed, and the table is set the whole length of the boat. The table is supplied with every thing that is necessary and of the best quality with many of the luxuries of life. (Submitted on September 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 3. submitted on September 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.