Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
At All Hours
Every time his boat passed through a lock, a boat captain put his life and livelihood in the hands of the locktender. The wooden lock gates were a delicate balance between safety and efficiency. They had to be light enough to allow one man to move them, yet strong enough to hold back 140,000 gallons of water. A skilled locktender could judge and adjust the flow of water in or out of the lock to minimize the risk to boat and lock.
Locktenders were responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of liftlocks. Neglect or carelessness could mean disaster. In exchange for a small monthly salary, an acre of land and a house, locktenders heeded the horn blast of boatmen even at 2 a.m. or on Sunday. After all, time was money.
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 38° 54.255′ N, 77° 3.617′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is Touch for map. The C&O Canal Towpath is an official street in this area because there are private residences accessible only by the towpath. It is pedestrian-only since it is too narrow for cars in places and set below street level. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creating a National Park (here, next to this marker); Mule Power (a few steps from this marker); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Georgetown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Herman Hollerith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . . Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 1, 2006.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,439 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 1, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 11, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 3. submitted on March 1, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4. submitted on March 2, 2006. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.