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Canal break caused by lock keeper, 1854

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Canal Break.—

Another break occurred in the Canal on Sunday night some several miles below the Big Tunnel, on Mr. Sterretts Division. Some 60 feet of the tow-path have been washed away, and that to the depth of three feet below the bottom of the Canal. Sometime must elapse before it will be repaired. We are informed that the breach was the result of gross negligence on the part of the Lock Keeper, who went to bed and suffered his level to overflow. Such carelessness ought to receive, as it deserves, the merited condemnation of the Company, and agents, who will attend to their placed in their stead. Unavoidable detention is sufficiently detrimental to the interest of men engaged upon the Canal, without being annoyed by any such occurrences as this which at present presents itself.

— Williamsport Journal of the Times.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light

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Collection Location:
C&O National Historic Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Maryland, 1830-1940

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

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