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Muncy in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Canal Boats

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
1. Canal Boats Marker
Inscription.  

You are looking at the bow and stern sections of a replica canal "cargo" boat that was salvaged from the National Canal Museum, Easton by Muncy Historical Society volunteers in January 2012. Brought to Muncy in many pieces, the sections were reconstructed on this site in 2014.

Canal boats were similar in overall size, although they varied in the techniques used to construct them. The variations in framing techniques depended on different craftsman [sic - craftsmen] and/or construction practices in use at the various boatyards along the canals.

Generally, a typical cargo boat was about 100 feet long and about 14½ feet wide—only a few inches narrower than the locks—with six feet between the flat hull and the deck. While on the deck, you walked along the side of the boat on the race plank. The stable for the mules would have been in the front end, or bow and mostly underneath the deck. There was a little plank for the mules to walk into the stable. Hatches, which covered the hay house and the cargo, extended the entire length of the boat. At the stern or "aft" or "after" end of the boat, you entered the cabin from the

Canal Boats Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
2. Canal Boats Marker
race plank, again, stepping down into the living quarters. The bow lantern, or night hawker, was mounted on the head. Joseph Shaw, Samuel Shopbell, Lewis Smith, William Corson, Phillip Shay, Samuel Menges, and George McCarty captained some of the canal boats that passed by this spot. Fleming Walton, John Waldron, Augustus Wilson, Daniel Feister, John Fowler and John Lebo made their living as "boatmen" in the 1850-60s. Cargo boat were identified by numbers or names. Some of [the] names of Muncy-owned boats were the Captain Shopbell, the Col. Jacob Bieber, the Captain Philip Shay, the American Eagle, and Stars and Stripes.
 
Erected by Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History, PA DCNR, PA Lumber Heritage Region, and PA Wilds.
 
Location. 41° 11.526′ N, 76° 48.104′ W. Marker is in Muncy, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is at the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, off Pepper Street, adjacent to the Canal Boat shelter. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Muncy PA 17756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canal Boat Building (a few steps from this marker); Fisher Pond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); How a Lock Works (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Port Penn
Canal Boat Shelter and Canal Boat Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
3. Canal Boat Shelter and Canal Boat Markers
(about 400 feet away); Drinking Well (about 400 feet away); The Lock-tender and His House (about 400 feet away); Nature's Highway (about 500 feet away); Old Walton Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muncy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Boats on the Erie Canal. (Submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Packet Boat-Transportation By Canal. (Submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The American Canal Society. (Submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Muncy Historical Society PA. (Submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Canal Cargo Boat Replica image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
4. Canal Cargo Boat Replica
Bow of Canal Cargo Boat Replica image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
5. Bow of Canal Cargo Boat Replica
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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