Monday October 30, 2017
1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Canals of the Merrimack with Bill Gerber
This presentation provides an overview of the Merrimack River as an artery of transportation, and show and describes what remains of the system today. Before they were adapted to power New England mills, the falls and rapids of the Merrimack River were serious obstructions to travel. These impediments, and the absence of good roads, drove more than a decade of efforts to improve river navigability. Between 1792 and 1848, nine companies constructed 13 canals, incorporating 36 locks, along the main river channel between Concord NH and the sea or, via the Middlesex Canal, to Boston. Lesser improvements were made by a few of these companies at several more rapids. Additional canals were built by still other firms near the mouths of the Nashua and Piscataquog Rivers, and possibly at one or more industrial sites. Registration is required.
Funded by the Friends of the Amesbury Library
Location: Amesbury Public Library
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