Old Newspaper Collections Project

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NY Tribune, Erie Canal, 1872

 

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NY Tribune, 1872

LOCKAGES ON THE CANAL--From statements kept by the lock-tenders on the section of the Erie and Champlain canals under the charge of Mr. Hamilton, we have been furnished with a number of lockages during the months of April and May, at albany, West Troy, the Junction, &c. Each crib of timber makes one lockage, and the number of cribs are given separate from the boats, viz.:

Lockages at the Lock connecting the Canal with the Albany Basin:

Boats

Cribs

Total

April (10 Days.)

1082

1

1083

May,

2846

4

2850

Total

3928

5

3933

Lock No. 58, near Albany

- - -

April,

1078

0

1078

May,

3269

1

3270

Total

4317

1

418

Lock at West troy-side-cut

- - -

April,

648

6

654

May,

1767

137

1904

Total

2415

143

2558

Junction Locks-Double

- - -

April, (at both locks)

1425

16

1441

May,

4691

200

4891

Total

6136

216

6332

Lock No. 42-on the Erie Canal above the Junction

- - -

April,

1221

18

1239

May,

3287

197

3484

Total

4508

215

4723

Guard lock-at Mohawk dam, on the Champlain Canal

- - -

April,

213

0

213

May,

1572

2

1574

Total

1785

2

1787

Lock at Waterford, side-cut

- - -

April,

32

2

34

May,

142

298

440

Total

174

300

434

Lock north of Waterford

- - -

April,

243

7

250

May,

1478

315

1793

Total

1721

322

2042

Sloop lock on the Hudson between Troy and Waterford

Boats

Cribs

River Vessels

April,

27

21

40

May,

36

150

50

Total

53

171

90

The average number of lockages on the Erie Canal above the Junction for each day from April 15 to May 31, is a fraction over 100 floats per day; and the lockages at this lock are nearly equal to one in every 14 minutes, including nights and Sundays, for 47 successive days. The great number of lockages in 24 hours in a single lock was 152, which is a fraction more than one lockage every 9-1/2 minutes.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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