Canal boating on the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca,
Canals in New York State
June 19-26, 1999.
We set out on our first canaling experience
with a hired 34 foot canal boat Oneida from
We arrived at their facility in Cold Spring
Harbor, just north of Syracuse, NY about
noon. Officially we weren't supposed to get
the boat until 2 pm. However, they were done
cleaning the interior, so they let us transfer
food from our cooler to the refrigerator
so we could head off to the market to do
some more shopping. There's a large Wegmans
supermarket a few miles away.
The boat was well prepared and immaculate.
It had a full load of fuel and water, and
sufficient propane to run the stove, hot
water heater, and furnace. We didn't anticipate
needing the furnace as the weather was quite
All linens, blankets, pillows, towels, bicycles,
etc. were supplied as listed on their web
site and brochure.
Why? Why did I write all this?
In 1998 we started investigating canal boating
in the U.S. We had visited some of the Erie
canal locks at the Waterford flight a few
years ago and were interested in learning
about peoples' experiences boating on the
canals of New York State. Other than commercial
and lock web sites, I found only one personal journal by Dennis Bisson who described traveling from Oswego, NY
to Troy, NY. I decided that I would add my
2 cents worth after our excursion. Here it
is... Paul (& Ginnie) Smith, Colchester, Vermont.
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- Photos were developed by Kodak through Costco.
- Snapshots were scanned with an HP PhotoSmart
- Some of the 2000 photos were taken with an
Olympus D-450Z digital camera.
- Initial photo editing and JPEG conversions
were done with Adobe PhotoDeluxe 1.1. Later
work was done with IBM PerfectPhoto and Irfvanview.
- 1999 web pages originally generated by Adobe
PageMill 3.0. They were updated and the 2000
web pages created with IBM HomePage Builder.
- Maps from DeLorme Street Atlas.
- GPS breadcrumb track overlays by Ron Henderson's
G7towin (1999) and some homegrown software (2000).