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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Mohawk River Boating, 1797-1825

[This information is from Vol. II, p. 1208 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Mohawk River Boating, 1797-1825

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Engraving: Mohawk River Boating, 1797-1825

From an old print. The scene is on the upper Mohawk. The small boat is a batteau, the larger one is a Schenectady boat. Sails, setting poles, oars and tow ropes were used. The shallows were deepened by rows of boulders across the river V-shaped with an opening in the middle. Batteaux and scows navigated the river from about 1720 to 1825. The larger Durham and Schenectady (10 ton) boats from 1797 to 1825, the opening of the Erie.

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