Erie Canal – Day 9

It is amazing to watch how the canal locks systems work on the Erie Canal. The present Erie Canal rises 566 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie through 57 locks. From tide-water level at Troy, the Erie Canal rises through a series of locks in the Mohawk Valley to an elevation of 420 feet above sea-level at the summit level at Rome. Continuing westward, it descends to an elevation of 363 feet above sea-level at the junction with the Oswego Canal, and finally rises to an elevation of 565.6 feet above sea-level at the Niagara River.

Lock 16 letting water out.

Lock 16 letting water out.

We're grateful for blessings as the storm split around both sides of shown on GPS weather tracking.

We’re grateful for blessings as the storm split around both sides of us…as shown on GPS weather tracking.




Erie Canal – Day 9 — 8 Comments

    • Good morning wh and thanks for following us and for the comment. So far on this trip it has been so hard not to just snap pictures all day long! There are so many lovely things to see in this wonderful land we call America. The Erie and then Oswego Canals are so rich in history of those who headed west between the 1830s and 1930+. You can just feel their wonderment and anxiety as they looked out from sitting on top of a barge and saw nothing but woods for mile after mile. And then the small towns that began to spring up along the canals were little more than a dock and a few cabins back then. Quite an adventure for them, to be sure. Hope your boating is good for you this year.

      iboats’ Captain


  1. Linda, so good to hear from you. Yes, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! We thought we would do it while we still can! The Erie Canal is a wonder when you think of when it was built. Preparing for each lock has to be exact in speed and then be prepared to hold onto two ropes provided on the side of the locks to keep the vessel in place. The first 20 locks had us going up to the next level and now we are descending down. Our grandson is on the boat with us for two weeks. So fun to see him steer the boat and help at the locks. Happy boating to you too. Thanks for getting in touch.

  2. Sure loving reading your blog each day! We sure miss you Nana and Papa!

  3. Hey Cari,
    we are loving your adventure. Thanks for sharing with us especially because we are “lake” boaters and this is a voyage we will never experience. This is more than great and we wish you continued joy and blessings and good weather as you make your journey. I also love hearing the US flag flutter in the wind.

    Love, Linda Ingram Easley (class of ’62)