TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 38 NM
DOCKED AT: ILION MARINA ($1/FT W/P)
SUNRISE: 5:22 SUNSET: 8:42
HIGH: 85 LOW: 54
TODAY’S FOUR LOCKS WERE A REPEAT: 4
1. LOCK E22 ROME
2. LOCK E21 ROME
3. LOCK E20 MARCY
4. LOCK E19 FRANKFORT
We did only four locks today and had a nice and easy time of it. How nice it is to have the Porters helping to man the lines.
All the locks are similar but each is unique. Some of the lock walls are concrete and some are lined with steel. A few of them have been refurbished within the last few years and others are badly in need of some refitting. While they all have hanging lines to grab, only a few have secured cables or piped to attach your own lines to. The zebra mussels have invaded these waters as seen by their presence on the lock wall.
|STEEL LINED LOCK IN MUCH NEED OF REPAIR|
|ZEBRA MUSCLES IN THE ERIE CANAL LOCKS|
Quest passed several of the blue and gold maintenance vessels throughout the day as they performed their duties to keep the canals in good working order for us lucky boaters.
|A BLUE AND GOLD TUG TOWING DREDGING PIPES|
Ilion was our port for the night. There was good power and water right there and the town was close by. We hope to visit the Remington Arms Museum tomorrow before continuing our journey back to the Waterford. In 1828 Eliphalet Remington opened up a small factory here to produce his now-famous Remington rifles. In 1856 they were also manufacturing farm tools and bye 1878 they had expanded to add sewing machines and typewriters. And it all started right here, folks!