James River Batteau

James River Batteau (HMV6T)

Location: Amherst, VA 24521 Amherst County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.855', W 79° 6.119'

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Near here lived Anthony and Benjamin Rucker,inventors of the James River batteau, whichsuperseded the double dugout canoe and rollingroad for transporting tobacco hogsheads. Theselong (about 50 or 60 feet), double-ended vesselsdominated the commercial traffic on the JamesRiver and other Southern upland waterwaysbetween the 1770s and 1840s. A dispute arosein 1821 when the Rucker brothers' heirs soughtto patent the design. A letter from ThomasJefferson testifying to his presence at the firstbatteau's launch resolved the matter in theRuckers's favor.
HM NumberHMV6T
Marker NumberR-22
Year Placed1993
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 9:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 667704 N 4155463
Decimal Degrees37.53091667, -79.10198333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.855', W 79° 6.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 51.30" N, 79° 6' 7.14" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-472 S Amherst Hwy, Amherst VA 24521, US
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