New York State Library, NYSL_MP_lock
Engraving of "The Lock," showing a packet boat in a lock and a gatekeeper preparing to close the lock gates. A team of horses or mules and their driver wait for the boat to "lock through," while another person secures the boat to a post with rope. Published in Jacob Abbott’s "Marco Paul’s Voyages & Travels on the Erie Canal, 1852."
What materials were used in the building of the locks?
Name two kinds of transport depicted in the engraving. How are they important to each other?
Research what happened if the locks failed to work and what repercussions this failure had on industry.
Science & English Language Arts: You work at a lock, and you will not be able to go to work for a day. Write step by step the tasks involved in operating a lock, so your substitute can fill in for the day. Draw a flow chart displaying the steps involved in working a lock.
English Language Arts: After your first day on the job as a lock operator, write a letter home telling your family what your new job is like.
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Hurst, Carol Otis. Through the Lock. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. ISBN: 0618030360.
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