Life Along the Canal
Delaware Canal State Park
A boat’s “rig” consisted of mules, harness, tow lines, feed box, night hawker (headlight), stove and bilge pump. While some captains owned their boats, most rented them from Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. The captain hired a mule driver or used family as crew members.
The “Swampers” (Delaware Canal captains) and “Lehigh Dutchmen” (Lehigh Canal captains) ran the lengths of both canals. They loaded coal in Luzerne (1838-1862) or Carbon County, delivered it to Bristol, and returned to Seigfried (now Northampton) for their pay. Locktenders ended their day at 10:00 pm. When canallers reached the next lock, they stabled their mules for the night, made
Often, a canallers’s family came along for the ride. Children as young as seven drove the mules along the towpath. Wives took over cooking operations and shared steering responsibilities. During warmer months the canals were their entire world.
Erected by Friends of the Delaware Canal.
Location. 40° 6.336′ N, 74° 51.12′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on Jefferson Avenue. Touch for map. 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. Pvt. Michael Dougherty (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Ridgway Grundy (approx. 0.6 miles
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.