Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lock C3 in Mechanicville, NY

When we were young, my father used to take us over to Whitehall, New York to see the barges go through the locks on the Champlain Canal. On the way back from visiting my mom, we passed by Lock C3 in Mechanicville, New York. I just couldn’t resist stopping in to see the locks.

The Champlain Canal was a waterway to take good from New York City up the Hudson, into the Champlain Canal, up through Lake Champlain and eventually through to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The golden age of barging is over now that trucking has taken over. The 1970’s saw a steady decline in barge traffic and the last regularly scheduled commercial ship working the canal was the Day Peckinpaugh which ended its operations in 1994.

Today the waterway services mostly tourist and pleasure boats, still making an easy path to go from New York City up to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. This picture is looking south from Lock C3 to Mechanicville. What you see is the Williams Street Bridge that brings 67 into town.

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If you turn around from my vantage point you will see the lock doors.

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The locks are opened and closed using these motors. This is the downstream door, holding back the water show in the picture above.

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The upstream elevation is 73.5 feet. The downstream is 48 giving the lift of 25.5 feet.

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This lock helps water traffic navigate past a power plant dam.  The blue and yellow colors are part of the New York State color scheme that I remember vividly from our trips to Whitehall.

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Richard said...
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Richard said...

Last picture...30mph..No Wake ?

Steve Borichevsky said...

Yes, that's 26 knots! Must have been some lubber that made up that rule.

Roy said...

If I read that sign right Steve, I am trying to work out how you can travel at 30mph across the water and not cause a wake.?

Anonymous said...

About the same time you were at Lock 3, I was going through lock 2 with 3 children on a Canal Boat out of Waterford, ny. Captain William owns 5 canal boats and makes 4 trips through Lock 2 and out onto the Hudson river every Saturday and Sunday. It was a great 90 minute experience...check it out next time you are in the area.

Cindy said...

Great shots of the locks. I went through this locks a couple of summers ago with a cousin that lives in the area. It is amazing to be at the bottom coming into the lock and then watching and feeling the boat floating up as the lock fills up.

Anonymous said...

Meant to include this link to read about the canal boat ride from Waterford, NY through Lock 2 (up and down)then into the river.


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