The Pennsylvania-German Volume 12

The Pennsylvania-German Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... oilskins or other waterproof clothing, while the mules at such times were provided with housings of leather or canvas. Thus they managed to move along in a bedraggled way. Sometime a great deal of water rained into the boats or perhaps leaked in. Then there was back-breaking business on hand for young fellows as the water must necessarily be gotten rid of. This was done with suction hand-pumps. Sometimes pumping was made easier by attaching a spring pole to the handle of the pump. The other end of the pole was fastened in such a manner that when the pole was pressed upon its elasticity would cause it to rise and help raise the weight of water. In early spring or late fall the weather was apt to be unpleasant. There were cold, disagreeable days, when the decks were dangerously slippery with frost or snow. Lines were coated with ice and became heavy, inflexible and diflicult to handle. In very severe weather the canal was frozen over. Then, if the scum of ice was not too heavy, planks for icebreakers were fixed to the bow. A number of teams were then used to draw the boat forward with force. In this way the ice was crushed and a channel opened for following craft. When the ice proved to be too thick, the boats were frozen in and navigation was closed for the season. Then there was a merry ride home overland on muleback. In boating on the bay the mules were taken on the boats in quarters designed for that purpose. The boats were lashed together in fleets and towed by powerful tugs. In the event of storms they were sometimes placed in single line one after another to prevent chafing or crashing together. At first, for want of weather signals, for lack of skill in handling, and because of improperly constructed craft, many were lost in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 735g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902815
  • 9781236902818