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Boats throughout the canal
Canal Boat Entering a Lock
A canal boatman prepares to hand off the snubbing lines to a lock keeper.
A Woman Steers a Boat on the Canal
Many families called their boats on the canal home and thus the entire family operated a boat together. The mother often worked as tiller steering the boat along the canal.
Four Boats Dock Along the Canal
On average, a boat could go through a lock in ten to fifteen minutes. This caused many boats to wait in line to go through a lock. The picture above is a 19th century example of a traffic jam.
Many People on a Boat
People gather for a dinner on a canal boat.
Rowboat on the Canal
Three men are on a rowboat on the canal during a flood.
Boat on the Canal in Winter
A boat prepares to load passengers on the canal in Winter.
A Bridge is Built Over the Canal
A steel truss bridge is being constructed over the canal.
Boat on the Canal Below a House
A boat is docked in the canal below a house.
A Canal Boat Prepares for Passengers
A canal boat prepares for passengers.
Steamboat on the Canal
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company experimented with many methods of propelling boats. The long-term vision of the company was to utilize steampower on boats traveling on the canal.
Boat enters Widewater
A canal boat travels down the canal into Widewater.
Women on a Canal Boat
Women stand on a canal boat.
Last updated: August 1, 2014