Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Dismal Swamp Canal
Dismal Swamp Canal with this hazy weather...is quite dismal. The Dismal Swamp Canal was the first canal built in the Americas. We learned from the lock master Rob that the canal name came from the surveyor marking out the border between Virginia and North Carolina. The team he was working with ran out of whiskey and became very difficult to work with. In his notes about the area he wrote that the land was dismal, unfit for human habitation. We have been puttering along at Chanty's max motor speed of a whopping 5.5 m/hr today hoping to hit all of the bridges and locks at just the right times since they only open 3-4 times a day.