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The Schuylkill Navigation Company
The Schuylkill Navigation Company provided for the construction of a lock navigation system to extend from Philiadelphia to Port Carbon, PA, a distance of 108 miles. "The entire navigation system was completed in 1825. It was an immediate success. For the next 50 years, canal boats brought millions of tons of anthacite downriver, fueling the industrial revolution in every town along the way. Return trips, up river, carried manufactured goods, clothing and building materials."(4)

Schuylkill Canal freighter
, Blue Mtn Dam, N of Hamburg 1906 H. C. Wilson(5)

Schuylkill Canal
, Birdsboro

Schuylkill Canal
, Blue Mtn Dam, Hamburg 1914

Schuylkill Canal
, Hamburg locks

Schuylkill Canal
, Hamburg 1907

Schuylkill Canal lock
, Hamburg 1906

Schuylkill Canal
, Hamburg

Schuylkill Canal
, Hamburg

Schuylkill Canal
, Fricks Locks near Pottstown

Schuylkill Canal
, Gilles Locks1907

Schuylkill Canal lock
, Leesport

Schuylkill Canal
, Oaks Brower's Locks

Schuylkill Canal
, Mont Clare

Schuylkill Canal Black Rock Dam, Lock #60
, Mont Clare

Schuylkill Canal boats
, Norristown

Schuylkill Canal
, Norristown

Schuylkill Canal Pigeon Creek
, Parker Ford

Schuylkill Canal
, Parker Ford near lock #56

Schuylkill Canal lock 56
, Parker Ford 1917

Schuylkill Canal lock 57
, Parker Ford

Schuylkill Canal lock 57
, Parker Ford

Schuylkill Swartz's Lock
, Parker Ford - Spring City

Schuylkill lock
, Phoenixville 1906

Schuylkill lock
, Phoenixville 1905

Schuylkill lock
, Phoenixville 1910

Schuylkill Canal Phila Reading Dock
, Port Clinton 1907

Schuylkill Canal Phila
, Port Clinton

Schuylkill Canal
, Flat Rock Philadelphia

Schuylkill Canal Laurel Hill Locks
, Potstown

Schuylkill Canal
, Potstown 1920

Schuylkill lock #47
, Reading 1906

Lewis's or Big Reading Dam #24, and Lock #50
, entrance to the Girard Canal, Reading 1907

Schuylkill Canal boat
, Reading

Schuylkill Canal Ritz's Lock
, Reading

Schuylkill Canal Wetzel's Lock
, Reading

Schuylkill Canal Wetzel's Lock
, Reading

Schuylkill Canal
, Reading

Schuylkill Peacocks lock
, Reading

Schuylkill Canal
, Royersford

PA Canal
, Saltsburg PA

Schuylkill bridge
, Spring City 1908

Schuylkill Canal
, Spring City

Schuylkill Canal
, Spring City Twin City Navy 1906

Schuylkill Canal boats
, Schuylkill Haven

Schuylkill Canal
, Schuylkill Haven 1907

Schuylkill Canal lock
, Schuylkill Haven 1911

Schuylkill Canal
, Shoemakersville 1907

Schuylkill Canal
, Shoemakersville 1907

Schuylkill Canal
, Tuckerton 1907

Schuylkill Canal Exhange Bridge
, Waterloo, N of Hamburg 1907

Schuylkill Canal
, Waterloo, N of Hamburg
Pennsylvania Canal System
"In 1826, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania began building a 1,200 mile system of canals to connect Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lake Erie . These new transportation routes would carry the raw materials and manufactured products that would power this country's industrial revolution."(7) The main line of the system was completed by 1834. As the railroad industry grew more powerful, the canal systems became obsolete and by the 1850's most of Pennsylvania's canals were abandoned. The Pennsylvania Railroad purchased the entire Mainline Canal system in 1857.

The Susquehanna Division ran 41 miles from Clarks Ferry in the south to Northumberland in the north. It had a total lift of 86.5 feet with 14 locks, including the two outlet lots at either end. The canal was completed in 1831 and, although financially unsuccessful, gave impetus to the anthracite coal industry.

North Branch Canal originally ran 72.5 miles from Northumberland to the Lackawanna River above Pittston, PA. The canal passed through Danville, Rupert, Bloomsburg, Berwick and Willes-Barre. It also served Catawissa and other points on the side of the river (Susquehanna) opposite the canal. The canal had several extensions to it and was fully opened in 1856 when the boat "Towanda" passed Pitston to Elmira, NY with a cargo of coal.

Delaware Division was was built to connect with the Lehigh Navigation at Easton and carry coal from this water-way to tidewater at Bristol, PA. The canal was completed in 1832, with 24 locks. The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company took over 1858, and operated the Lehigh Navigation and Delaware Canal as a single system until 1932."(6) The main purpose of the Delaware Canal was to serve as an extension to the Lehigh Canal to transport anthracite coal from the mines near Mauch Chunk to seaboard markets.


Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Berwick

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Berwick 1881

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Berwick

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Espy 1910

Delaware Canal
, Briener's - Upper Black Eddy near Pt Pleasant

Delaware Canal 6 Mile Level North, 36
Upper Black Eddy near Pt Pleasant

Delaware Canal
Upper Black Eddy near Pt Pleasant

Pennsylvania Canal, Delaware Div
, Bristol 1906

Pennsylvania Canal, Delaware Div
, Bristol 1910

Pennsylvania Canal, Delaware Div
, Bristol 1908

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Profile Rock,Catawissa

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, DL&W Train in Catawissa, PA

Pennsylvania Canal, N branch
, Chickies Rock, Columbia

Morris Canal Store Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Easton

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Kintnersville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Kintnersville 1911

Pennsylvania Canal, Del Div
, Morrisville 1909

Pennsylvania Canal, Del Div
, Morrisville PA 1921

Pennsylvania Canal, Del Div
, Morrisville PA

Pennsylvania Canal, Del Div
, Morrisville PA

Pennsylvania Canal, Del Div
, Morrisville PA

Penn Canal
, Narrows

Penn Canal, Delaware Div, boat w/ mules
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div, boat w/ mules
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div, boat "W A Leisenring"
, New Hope 1907

Penn Canal, Delaware Div, Lock 11
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope 1970

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope 1912

Penn Canal, Upper Dock Delaware Div
, New Hope, boat #273

Penn Canal, Upper Dock Delaware Div
, New Hope 1920

Penn Canal, Delaware Div River House
, New Hope 1920

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope 1920

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, New Hope

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Palisades near Riegelsville 1913

Lower Lock, Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant

Delaware Canal
, Dreamy Way's canal tow path, Point Pleasant

Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant

Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant

Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant

Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant, near Treasure Island

Delaware Canal
, Point Pleasant

Belmont Canal
, Philadelphia 1906

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Raubsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Raubsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Raubsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Raubsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Riegelsville 1933

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Riegelsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Riegelsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Durham Lock Riegelsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Riegelsville

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Yardley 1906

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Yardley

Penn Canal, Delaware Div
, Yardley

Penn Canal, N Branch
, Danville

W. branch Penn Canal
, Lock below Montoursville

W. branch Penn Canal
, Muncy

Penn Canal, Last Days
, Northumberland by Boust 1889

Penn Canal, Good Times
, Northumberland by Boust 1889

Penn Canal, Looking North
, Northumberland by Boust 1889

Penn Canal lock
, Northumberland

Penn Canal boats
, Northumberland

Penn Canal boats
, Sunbury 1908

Penn Canal, W. branch
, Watsontown

Pennsylvania Canal, N Branch
, houseboat, Wilkes-Barre 1885

Pennsylvania Canal, N Branch
, South St Bridge Wilkes-Barre 1870

Pennsylvania Canal, N Branch
, closeup-South St Bridge Wilkes-Barre 1870

Pennsylvania Canal, Susquehanna branch
, Falmouth
 Originally Middletown was to be the start of the canal, but in 1828, canal officials changed the starting point to Columbia where the canal would interchange with a railroad from Philadelphia. The Columbia canal closed in 1901. A canal basin at Columbia offered an outlet lock to the river and it was here that workers shifted freight between boat and railroad cars and let boats in and out of the lock. Passenger boats were designed in sections so for a trip west workers would assemble the parts into one boat and launch it in the basin, and east bound boats would be hauled on special railroad cars.
(4)Schuylkill Canal Assoc
(5)"The Blue Mtn and Reading Story" by Therman W. Maderia
(6)National Canal Museum
(7)History of the Delaware Canal
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