However, on page 15 it looks like they have used the wrong photo as the one displayed shows an embankment failure, and as this photo shows, the bottom fell out of the canal, flooding the lower parts of Bushnell’s Basin.
This is obviously not a dam or embankment breach, but the resulting flood damage was still the same. The north side of the canal has an embankment overlooking Marsh Rd.
As I’ve researched this, I found some wonderful old photos which I’d like to share.
I particularly like the trains that shunted along the embankments and dams ferrying material. If you look closely, you can see these wagons tipped up to dump the loads of rubble and soil.
Here’s a steam shovel digging around the Lift Bridge.
More general photos of interest around Fairport and the canal.
Title: Canal scene in Perinton [photograph]. Date: ca. 1900 Physical Details: 1 photograph : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. Collection: Perinton Municipal Historian collection Summary: The Erie Canal in the Town of Perinton, with its towpath to the left. A man and a boy fish from a boat in the lower right corner of the image. Mill buildings are visible in the distance. Image Number: tpm00014
Title: Two boats, Erie Canal, Fairport [photograph]. Date: 1921 June 13 Physical Details: 1 photograph : b&w ; 3 x 6 in. Collection: Perinton Municipal Historian collection Summary: Looking west from the Main Street Bridge in the village of Fairport at 2 vessels traveling east along the Erie Canal section of the New York State Barge Canal System. The boat in front, named Lorraine, is from the Cowles Towing Line. The barge in the background is from Interwaterways Line Incorporated, barge no. 101. Notes: “I.L.I. Barge west from Main St., Fairport June 13, 1921. Image Number: tpm00192
This 19June 13, 1921 photo shows several tugs and a barge on the canal in Fairport village. The boat in front, named Lorraine, is from the Cowles Towing Line. The barge in the background is barge no. 101 from Interwaterways Line Incorporated. The cupola of the Fairport Municipal Building and lift bridge over the canal on Main Street also are visible.
Title: Construction, Main Street Bridge [photograph]. Photographer/Artist: Dept. of Pub. Works. Date: 1913 May 1 Physical Details: 1 photograph : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. Collection: Perinton Municipal Historian collection Summary: Looking northwest at the construction site of the Main Street Bridge in Fairport. The new bowstring truss lift bridge was constructed between 1912-1914. The bridge spanned the Erie Canal and connected North Main Street to South Main Street. Notes: “No. 9543 Main St. Bridge Fairport Cont. 63 May 1, 1913”. Image Number: tpm00352
Channel in concrete trough, across Irondequoit valley — from: History of the Barge Canal of New York State / by Noble E. Whitford; supplement to the Annual report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the year ended June 30, 1921 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1922) — opposite p. 336
Barge Canal Contract no. 63 [Irondequoit Creek crossing] — from: Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1913 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1914) — facing p. 292
I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.
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