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Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ring

1831 - 1932

 
 
The Ring Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
1. The Ring Marker
Inscription.
“This day [June 11] the first clearance on the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal was issued from his office to the Mauch Chunk Canal Boat No. 30, Capt. William C. Zanes, bound to Bristol with 30 tons of coal.”
The Whig, Easton, Pennsylvania
June 12, 1832

A Century of Cargo
When Canal Boat No. 30 left Easton, it began nearly a century of traffic along the 60 mile Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal. From the 1830s to 1931, boats loaded with thousands of tons of coal, lumber, grain, limestone, and other cargo floated through the Canal and the Locks, bypassing the Delaware River's shallow waters and dangerous rapids.

The Derrick
The Canal ended in Bristol where the river deepened. Cargoes continued on to the markets and factories of Philadelphia and New York City, sometimes in flotillas of Canal boats, or in barges loaded by derricks like the one that stood on this spot. All that remains of the derrick is the foundation which can be seen circling the outside of the tile map.

The date of the derrick's construction is unknown; however, photos indicate that it was late in the commercial life of the Canal. The approximate location of the Canal where it entered the Delaware River is edged and filled with spring flowers
 
Erected by
The Ring Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
2. The Ring Marker
Circular derrick foundation remnants visible beyond the marker. Delaware River at distant left.
Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
 
Location. 40° 5.602′ N, 74° 51.447′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Touch for map. Marker is located in Basin Park, near the confluence of Otter Creek and the Delaware River, about 500 feet SW of the intersection of Mill and Radcliffe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol PA 19007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriet Ross Tubman (a few steps from this marker); Replica of the Spanish Garitas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tidal Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus 500 Celebration (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lock No. 2 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marker 19T (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Bristol Borough. (Submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Delaware Canal State Park Field Guide. (Submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNatural ResourcesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Crane Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
3. Crane Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] A crane and gable-ended structure at the Bristol Basin indicate that such a crane would require a concrete foundation which likely post-dates this photo.
Early Bristol Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
4. Early Bristol Map on Marker
Delaware Canal Trail Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
5. Delaware Canal Trail Sign
The Ring marker partially visible to left of trail sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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