Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tour Boat Then & Now
The boat was drawn by a team of three horses. Each team was kept at a full trot and changed every 8-10 miles, so the packet boat traveled at approximately 5 miles per hour. The trip was easy and agreeable during the day, except for the occasional inconvenience of stopping under low bridges from time to time. But at night the trip was not nearly as pleasant. At 9 o’clock, the cabin was cleared to put up rows of hanging beds made of broad shelves and suspended by cords, hanging over each other in triple tiers. Besides the discomfort of close stowage, it was difficult getting in and out. The complete trip by packet boat from Rochester to Buffalo usually took twenty-one hours.
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Raphael Beck (1858-1947) was a well-known Lockport artist whose artwork featured
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 10.215′ N, 78° 41.627′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Canal Street near Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lockport NY 14094, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Lock Construction (here, next to this marker); Upson Park (a few steps from this marker); “Lockport Flight of Five” (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canal Comparisons (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The “Big Bridge” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
More about this marker.
Also see . . . Packet Boat Stories - The Erie Canal. These boats are about 70 feet long, and with the exception of the Kitchen and bar, is occupied as a Cabin. The forward part being the ladies' Cabin, is separated by a curtain, but at meal times this obstruction is removed, and the table is set the whole length of the boat. The table is supplied with every thing that is necessary and of the best quality with many of the luxuries of life. (Submitted on September 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 3. submitted on September 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.