Lock 54 on the original Erie Canal was sometimes called the Berlin lock for the nearest settlement, now called Lock Berlin. It’s east of Lyons, NY and west of Clyde, along Rt. 31. It was enlarged twice, with the final work being completed just before the Civil War. It was subsequently abandoned when the canal was rerouted in the early 20th century. A short section of the canal was left in place and thanks to the recent snow and rain it’s pretty much as full as it would have been when in use. The gates have long been gone but the photos below represent a view similar to what you would have seen when it was in use.
Near Lyons, NY there’s a dry dock used mostly to store boats used by the state for canal maintenance. While some of them do appear to leave it seems like at least a few are permanently stored.
Although it’s not the prettiest time of year I stopped by locks 32 and 33 on the canal, one of my favorite places to photograph.
The Erie Canal crosses the Genesee river in Genesee Valley Park. On either side of the river are guard locks which are used to isolate the canal so it can be drained in winter.
Some of these look funny because I had some frame-spacing issues and had to crop them fairly tightly. Still, you can’t beat Velvia on a sunny day.
The Oswego Canal is part of the NY State Canal System and links Lake Ontario with the Erie Canal. Lock 8 is the last lock on the Canal, within site of the lake in Oswego, NY.
There’s just something about this kind of technically deficient photography that appeals to me. I suspect I am alone in this, but I usually am.
Lock 62 is an original Erie Canal lock that was abandoned when the canal was re-routed in the early 20th century. It is now a Pittsford town park accessible by footpath.