Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The 1830s canal

Canal, lock and locktender's house
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, built 1830-34, now offers a trail for walking and biking. Hand-dug by Irish immigrants working in difficult conditions, the 66-mile canal ran for 100 years, floating mule-towed barges and steamboats.

Lock #8 here is a pleasant 2.5 mile walk from Princeton. One of the first commercial uses of the telegraph ("the Victorian internet") was at this locktender's house and station - to wire canal traffic reports!

Standing on the canal lock.

12 comments:

LOLfromPasa said...

Well this certainly has a nice UK feeling to it in appearance and dates. Lovely photos.

Tanya said...

beautiful! we have some canals here with trails too!

a.s.m. said...

Buena fuga en la perspectiva de la imagen con buen equilibrio compositivo.
La foto tiene una estructura muy pictórica.
El paisaje se ve muy bonito. Y se aprecia que se a hecho con sensibilidad.
Un saludo: Ángel Sánchez Marco

Mo said...

Clearly a one way system.

EG CameraGirl said...

Hand dug? Before machines, some humans sure did work hard!

LONDONLULU said...

LOLfromPasa - I had the same thought when I first moved here! It brought to mind canals I'd seen in the UK :)

Tanya - that's right, there's that C&O canal I think that runs into Virginia, DC, Maryland - I loved that canal!

a.s.m. - thanks so much! Have been very much admiring your photos, and that's kind of you to say.

Mo - haha, especially nowadays!

EG - I know! It boggles the mind to think of what human efforts involved back then!

Randy said...

Nice looking house.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderful to think that this scene has been the same for so many years Lulu, would love to see one those old canal traffic reports wouldn't you!

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Our nearest bit of the Leeds and Liverpool canal was finished by 1774 and its easy to forget that back then this was a modern highway. I am not sure why but I did not realise your bit was quite so early.

Chrissy Brand said...

Fascinating to see one of your canals- similar to ours in so many ways!

William Kendall said...

It looks narrower than our Rideau Canal, but very similar in operation, since they were both being built at around the same era.

Lynette said...

Thanks for the link so that I could see this post about the canal, too.