Historic Horsepower on the Chambly Canal


Horse tow on the Chambly Canal (photo courtesy of the McCord Museum)

Horse tow on the Chambly Canal (photo courtesy of the McCord Museum)

The Chambly Canal, like most 19th century canals, were designed with a “towpath”, a trail that paralleled the canal and permitted horse and mule teams to slowly pull canal boats to the other end of the canal. The Chambly Canal was considered by many canal boatmen to have one of the best towpaths on the integrated waterway system and on June 28th, 2012, with the support of Parcs Canada, we prepared to demonstrate how it was done.

Art Cohn
Captain, C.L. Churchill

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About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a private non-profit museum located on the shores of Lake Champlain, just seven miles from Vergennes, Vermont. Our mission since our opening in 1985 is to share the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain and its surrounding region. We accomplish that through exhibits, education programs, special events, on-water activities, replica vessels, nautical archaeology research, and so much more. Learn more & get involved by visiting our website: www.lcmm.org.
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