Aug 30 – Oct 3, 1910

Tuesday, August 30, 1910 Left the Colonial Yacht Club after getting 30 gallons gasoline at 13¢. Also water. At 7:30 a.m. came to Perth Amboy via outside of Staten Island. Got some rough toward last but came through all OK. Landed at the Raritan Yacht Club at Perth Amboy. Here Charlie and the pilot left, going back to N.Y. Had dinner and started out. Ran the Raritan River 12 miles where at Brunswick we took the Raritan Canal. $6.50 tolls. Got pass via Bristol. Came through to New Millstone 13-1/2 miles where we tied up for the night.

Morris Canal Boats At Port Delaware In 1895
Morris Canal Boats At Port Delaware In 1895

Wednesday, August 31, 1910 Got an early start and made Bordentown at noon. Good canal 44 miles long. Locked out into the Delaware River. Crooked channel going out and ran to Bristol 9 miles. Tied up in the Basin and Annie and the girls hunted up Lucy. Rain in the evening. Basin is very full of weeds. Lucy’s family called in the evening.

Thursday, September 1, 1910 Rain up to noon. Started at 1 p.m. with all of Reeces aboard. They went up about 10 miles. Ran as far as New Hope. Tied up about 6 p.m. Good place.

Friday, September 2, 1910 Got a good start. Rain a good part of the time and found a very stiff current to buck. The sluiceways around the locks throw a fierce current across the front of lock. Met lots of boats both loads and lights. Lock very narrow and boat is hard to hold. Got as far as Freemansburg. Tied up. Very noisy on account of the railroad trains.

Canal tolls from Bristol to Allentown:

    Boat           $4.62
    Passengers    .77
    70 Locks      3.50

Saturday, September 3, 1910 Ran to Allentown. Rain all the way. The locks in the Lehigh from Easton are about all double and not bad. Tied up at Frick’s boat houses.

Staid at Allentown and took in the Fair. Mrs. Spehrley came to see us.

Tuesday, September 27, 1910 Left Allentown at 9:30 a.m. with Annie and Mr. and Mrs. Good aboard. Fine day. They went to within 3 miles of Riegelsville, then took a trolley home. Took aboard 2 couples of a wedding party who came a few miles with us. Ran to 20 miles below Easton. Uhlertown and tied up. Very tired tonight, also too hot to sleep. Part of this run is in as fine natural scenery as I ever saw.

Wednesday, September 28, 1910 Got a good start and made Bristol at 4:30 p.m. Fine run, nice day. Met only 1 loaded boat, quite some lights. Fine country. I and Annie went up to Lucy’s for supper. They called in the evening.

Thursday, September 29, 1910 Waited until 10:25 for Mary. She not coming, we started with Lucy and little John who went as far as Trenton. Had a nice run up the Delaware and locked in. Ate dinner in the Basin, Paid, $6.50 tolls (canal). Some very fine scenery. Got through Trenton fairly good but had waits at some locks and most bridges. People very slow. No stores at locks. Ran about 23 miles in canal, then tied up at 6:00 p.m. Dark almost as soon as we tied up. We saw 3 balloons with parachute jumpers go up from the Trenton Fair. Also saw an airship with 2 screws, very fine maneuvering. Got up very high and done all sorts of stunts.

Friday, September 30, 1910 Foggy this morning. Got going at 7:30 a.m. Nice run. Eat dinner in the Raritan River at anchor. Locked in the river near noon. Ran to Elizabethport and tied up at a dock for the night. Passed the Ogarita of New Orleans, also the Wanderer of Charleston, S.C. Had a fine run up the Kills. Ella not feeling well. Bad place. The tugs rolled us badly and in the morning 2 came along and gave us a dandy, breaking out one of the front side windows.

Saturday, October 1, 1910 Ran to Mariner’s Harbor and after some fiddling, got a dandy berth between Hecker’s Mill and a public dock. Lay here all day. I went to N.Y. in the afternoon. Got a new glass $1.00.

Sunday, October 2, 1910 Wind blew all night, worse toward morning. I felt sure no go. Got awake at 5:15 a.m., found wind all died down, everything lovely. Hustled and at 5:35 cast off. Had a nice run down the Kills and up the bay. Wind came up some but not very bad. Saw lots of W.S. war vessels and about 8 battleships. Getting rougher all the time. Stopped at Yonkers and at Hastings lay 2-1/2 hours. Had some eats; at 1:00 p.m. got under way. Wind gradually flattening out. Ran as far as near West Point. Anchored in a small bay (about 3 to 4 miles south of West Point).

Monday, October 3, 1910 Had a fine night and got going about 6:30 a.m. Had a fine run up the river. When in front of the Yacht Club at Poukeepsie I retarded the spark and she stopped. Had quite a job to get going and then she only limped in. Had an awful job to hold the mooring until we got a rope through but finally made it. Heavy tide. Took engine apart. Cleaned base, also heads off and scraping carbon out. Reached Poughkeepsie at 10:00 a.m. Went to Storrs at 2:00 p.m.