James River Bateaumen

James River Bateaumen (HM2N9J)

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N 37° 31.984', W 77° 26.021'

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The James River bateau, first used in the 1770s, was the primary means of transporting goods up and down the river between Richmond and points west until 1840, when the James River and Kanawha Canal was completed to Lynchburg. Crews of three men, often free or enslaved African Americans, performed the difficult and sometimes dangerous work of poling and steering the long, narrow boats. Largely unsupervised, bateaumen were entrusted with great responsibilities. They carried tobacco, grains, iron ore, coal, and other commodities to Richmond, helping to make the city a hub for industry and commerce. Traffic typically terminated at the Great Basin, built in 1800 1/5 mile northwest of here.
HM NumberHM2N9J
Year Placed2019
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284964 N 4156793
Decimal Degrees37.53306667, -77.43368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.984', W 77° 26.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 59.04" N, 77° 26' 1.26" W
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