At All Hours

At All Hours (HM6F)

Location: Washington, DC 20007
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N 38° 54.254', W 77° 3.596'

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"It shall be their duty, at all hours, by night as well as by 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 NumberHM6F
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321378 N 4308166
Decimal Degrees38.90423333, -77.05993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.254', W 77° 3.596'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 15.24" N, 77° 3' 35.76" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3508-3512 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Washington DC 20007, US
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