At All Hours

At All Hours (HM1Y78)

Location: Cabin John, MD 20818 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.334', W 77° 10.111'

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It Shall be the duty, at all hours, by night as well as day, to pass all boats and floats presenting themselves at their locks. — Charles Mercer, President, C&O Canal Company

Every time his boat passed through a lock, a boat captain put his life and livelihood in the hands of the locktender. The wooden lock gates were a delicate balance between safety and efficiency. They had to be light enough to allow one man to move them, yet strong enough to hold back 140,000 gallons of water. A skilled locktender could judge and adjust the flow of water in or out of the lock to minimize the risk to boat and lock.

Locktenders were responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of liftlocks. Neglect or carelessness could mean disaster. In exchange for a small monthly salary, an acre of land and a house, locktenders heeded the horn blast of boatmen even at 2 a.m. or on Sunday. After all, time was money.
HM NumberHM1Y78
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Date Added Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 312141 N 4315931
Decimal Degrees38.97223333, -77.16851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.334', W 77° 10.111'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 20.04" N, 77° 10' 6.66" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Cabin John MD 20818, US
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