We passed through the five locks of the Waterford Flight over the course of the morning. In only 1.5 miles the series of locks manages a lift of 170 feet -- the largest lift in the shortest distance of any system in the world -- and gets the traveller to the level of, and around, Cohoes Falls. Our historian tells us the falls are strikingly beautiful from the downstream side, the Mohawk's Niagara, but are pretty boring from above -- unless, of course, you are adrift and heading toward them with no good way to propel your craft upstream to safety. Then, the view -- and everything else -- is pretty exciting!
* The first train we saw as we exited the lock had eleven engines.
Here's a look at our day.
|The view back from inside Lock E3. The ship below is the Day Peckinpaugh. Built in 1921 it was the first motor ship expressly designed to navigate both the open water of the Great Lakes and the NY State Barge Canal. It is now a feature of the Waterford Maritime Historical Society.|
|A view of Lock E4 from the top of Lock E5. It is evident from the hills in the distance that we are gaining some altitude.|
|The second of two guard gates at the top of the flight of locks, which protect the Waterford Flight and the town of Waterford.|
|Detail at Lock E7|
The colors used on the
Erie Canal -- buildings,
locks, boats -- are blue
|Lock E7 marks the last of the permanent dams along the Erie Canal.|
|Some of the gears which operate the gates at Lock E11|
|We were treated to some evening entertainment: Skip Parsons' Jazz Trio. The passing trains only competed a little bit, not stopping us from tapping our toes even once.|