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Near Naples in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Songo Lock

 
 
Songo Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
1. Songo Lock Marker
Inscription. This lock, originally built of stone masonry in 1830, was a vital link in the 50 mile long waterway from Portland Harbor to Harrison at the head of Long Lake until the advent of the railroad in 1869. At one time 100 “canal boats” were engaged in freighting lumber out and supplies in through the waterway. These boats were 65 long and were towed by horses and oxen through the canal, sailed across the lakes, and poled up the Songo River. A total of 27 similar locks were constructed in the canal to compensate for the 260 foot difference in elevation between Sebago Lake and sea level. Traces of the old canal, abandoned since 1872, can still be seen at various places between Sebago Lake and Portland. This lock remains as a service to pleasure boats and a reminder of a bygone era.

1791 - Canal Considered
1821 – First Maine Legislature granted a charter to Cumberland and Oxford Canal Corp. to dig a canal from Waterford to Fore River. Survey made and cost estimated at $130,804
1823 – Second Legislature gave a grant of land and authorized a $50,000 lottery (which netted $37,000).
1825 – The Canal Bank of Portland was chartered with a capital of $300,000 with a provision that 25% of its stock be invested in the Canal Company.
1828 – Work started.
1830 – Work complete, total cost

Civil Engineering Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
2. Civil Engineering Landmark
A Maine Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, originally constructed in 1830. The last operational navigation lock in Maine, and the Cumberland and Oxford Canal System.
$206,000. Canal Bank took mortgage for balance.
1857 – Canal Co. sold for $40,000.
1872 – Last boat had passed through canal. From “Sebago Lake Land” H.G. Jones
 
Location. 43° 55.928′ N, 70° 34.616′ W. Marker is near Naples, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Sebago Lake State Park Road 1.9 miles east of U.S. 302, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Naples ME 04055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Limington Maine Veterans Memorial ( approx. 15.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Songo Lock. Songo Lock connects Sebago Lake to Brandy Pond and Long Lake. This lock is the only one remaining from the locks built in the 1830s which linked Long Lake to the Atlantic Ocean near Portland via the Cumberland and Oxford Canal.
 
Also see . . .
1. Songo Lock in Naples, ca. 1890. Photograph of Songo Lock from the 1890s. (Submitted on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Songo Lock, Naples. 1912 photograph of the "Charles L. Goodridge" steamboat in Songo Lock. (Submitted on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Opening the Manual Flood Valve image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
3. Opening the Manual Flood Valve
 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Lifting the Songo River Queen image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
4. Lifting the Songo River Queen
Songo River Queen Sternwheeler in the lock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
5. Songo River Queen Sternwheeler in the lock
Pushing Open the Manual Gate image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
6. Pushing Open the Manual Gate
Manual Gates Open; Ready to Continue Upstream image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
7. Manual Gates Open; Ready to Continue Upstream
Songo River Queen through the lock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
8. Songo River Queen through the lock
Songo River Queen on its way to Long Lake image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
9. Songo River Queen on its way to Long Lake
Lock Open for Downstream Traffic image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
10. Lock Open for Downstream Traffic
Closing the Manual Gate image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
11. Closing the Manual Gate
Summer Afternoon Rush Hour at the Lock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
12. Summer Afternoon Rush Hour at the Lock
Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Open for Water Traffic image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
13. Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Open for Water Traffic
Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Manual Closing with Giant Turnkey image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
14. Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Manual Closing with Giant Turnkey
Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Manual Closing With Giant Turnkey image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
15. Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Manual Closing With Giant Turnkey
Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Open for State Park Road Traffic image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2007
16. Songo Lock Swing Bridge: Open for State Park Road Traffic
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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