Life on a Canal Boat: The Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889
by Theodore D. Bartley
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Purple Mountain Press, Ltd.; Illustrated edition (July 2004)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
During the latter 19th century, inland waterways were a primary means of commercial and public transportation in the northeast. Captain Theodore D Bartley owned 3 Lake Champlain (NY-VT) canal boats and kept a daily descriptive journal of his life over 30 years. His routes included the Canadian Waterways north of the St Lawrence River along the Rideau Canal; the Northern Waterway from Quebec Province to New York Harbor; the Western Route via the Erie Canal from Troy NY to Lake Erie. He and his canal boat family witnessed many landmark historical events, as well as ordinary life alongside the canals. His original diaries of 1500 pages were transcribed by Bartley, Barbara B., great-grand-daughter-in-law of Theodore.