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pay the man (known as the captain) who operated the boat so much money per ton of cargo. The canal boats mostly hauled coal brought down from the coal mines in the Georges Creek region. From Frostburg the coal cars were brought to the loading wharves by the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad, Georges Creek and Cumberland Railroad, Western Maryland Railroad (West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh), and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

3.       How much tonnage did the C&O Canal haul? When?

The tonnage of coal hauled by boats on the Canal varied. Some boats were loaded heavy and some lighter. The average weight was 112 tons. On September 16, 1873, 58 boats cleared the Cumberland port, with a total of 6,269.76 tons, or an average of 108 tons. Of the 58 boats, the boat "Captain J. Weir" carried 121 tons of coal. The smallest tonnage was the "L. F. Feidt,” which carried 104.07 tons. On November 26, 1873, the biggest load of coal for that year left the Cumberland port on the canal boat "Consolidation." It had in its hatches 131.04 tons. Total tonnage at the end of 1869 was 663, 500 tons. At the end of 1880, it was 615,421 tons. A report in 1905 said the greatest amount of coal shipped in a year was in 1875. That year there was 879,838 tons of coal shipped. In 1904 the total amount of coal shipped via the canal was 205,964 tons. Boats operating on the canal dropped from the peak of 750 in 1875 to 1923, when there was but 75 serviceable boats.

4.       What structures were located on the C&O Canal? Where? What was the length of the C&O Canal?


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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