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A Bateau Pole

 
 
A Bateau Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. A Bateau Pole Marker
Inscription. This pole is a reproduction of the poles used by Bateau polemen. The crew of a Bateau consisted of two polemen, who walked on boards running the length of the boat on either side and a steersman who used a sweep at the stern. To navigate upstream, one of the polemen, standing on the walkway in the bow, set his iron shod pole in the bottom of the canal or river, adjusted the pole to the pad at his shoulder and pushed the Bateau forward as he walked along the board. The other poleman, in turn, did the same. To navigate downstream, the pole man would push in unison.
 
Location. 37° 32.019′ N, 77° 26.092′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Virginia Street and East Canal Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between Virginia Street and S 12th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 13th Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond (a few steps from this marker); Tidewater Connection Locks (a few steps from this marker); Tidewater Lock View
A Bateau Pole image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. A Bateau Pole
(within shouting distance of this marker); Gallego Mill Flume (within shouting distance of this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ross' Mill Race (about 300 feet away); Electric Trolley (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. James River Bateau. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. James River Batteau Festival. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk
Bateau men poling the James River image. Click for full size.
By Sheila Berry, 2005
4. Bateau men poling the James River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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