A Bateau Pole

A Bateau Pole (HMFUR)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.019', W 77° 26.092'

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This pole is a reproduction of the poles used by Bateau polemen. The crew of a Bateau consisted of two polemen, who walked on boards running the length of the boat on either side and a steersman who used a sweep at the stern. To navigate upstream, one of the polemen, standing on the walkway in the bow, set his iron shod pole in the bottom of the canal or river, adjusted the pole to the pad at his shoulder and pushed the Bateau forward as he walked along the board. The other poleman, in turn, did the same. To navigate downstream, the pole man would push in unison.
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284861 N 4156860
Decimal Degrees37.53365000, -77.43486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.019', W 77° 26.092'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 1.14" N, 77° 26' 5.52" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 150 VA-195, Richmond VA 23223, US
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