The Travels of Tug 44

Erie Canal Lock E14 at Canajoharie

We approach Lock 14 west-bound, just above Canajoharie, one of my favorite stops.

The view of Lock 14 eastbound. Note the island between the lock and the dam.

A closer look at the retractable dam next to the lock. A small engine rolls back and forth on top and has a winch to raise or lower steel plates to block the water flow as needed. In winter, the entire dam is lifted, allowing the river to return to its natural course.

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