Life on the Canal Historical

Life on the Canal Historical (HM1T3P)

Location: Williamsport, MD 21795 Washington County
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N 39° 36.036', W 77° 49.65'

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C&O Canal

"I would get acquainted with the life of the canal...for I had see nothing of the live boats and still livelier, the barge men, tow boys, cooks and lockkeepers which make up the life of the canal in summer."

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[1] "The coal was dumped ten tons at a time, a dozen car loads furnishing the one hundred and twenty tons that the boat carried."

[2] "We could see a point of light dimly in the distance; this was the far end of the tunnel which grew larger and brighter as we sailed slowly, very slowly, along, while the end we entered frew smaller and smaller."

[3] "As we came in sight of the lock the captain brought out his tin horn and gave several loud blasts. The tin horn was almost as much a part of the outfit as the mule."

[4] "There were some three or four hundred boats on the every stage of repairs...Captain Coss owned his own boat, the "Caroline of Williamsport," in honor of the town he was from."

[5] "Taking a few steps to get a nearer view of the animals (mules), one of the tow boys yelled 'take care there, them mules will kick a chaw of tobacco out of a man's mouth three rods off!'"

[6] "At last the journey has ended. We had passed the last lock sailed over
the last level...Here I packed my things and bid the boat and its crew goodby and returned to my friends."

These quotes come from the "Life on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal 1859" book, edited by Ella E. Clark and Thomas F. Hahn, published in November 1977. The author is unknown.
HM NumberHM1T3P
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257226 N 4387249
Decimal Degrees39.60060000, -77.82750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.036', W 77° 49.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 2.16" N, 77° 49' 39" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Williamsport MD 21795, US
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