The Lock-Keepers

The Lock-Keepers (HM2CKB)

Location: Cabin John, MD 20818 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.333', W 77° 10.308'

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A long blast on a tin horn followed by the boatman's shout of "Hey-ey-ey! Lock! Aw, Lock!" summoned the lock-keeper to duty. Lock-keepers were hired to "attend constantly and diligently by day and night," during the nine month boating season. They operated their locks, helped the boats through, kept the canal clear of debris, and made minor repairs.

In the 1830's the wage for operating one lock was one hundred fifty dollars a year plus the use of a four room lockhouse and an acre of land for a vegetable garden. It was canal company policy to hire "stable" married men with large families, whose children could provide extra help. In 1835, the canal's Board of Directors ruled against hiring women as lock-keepers because of the strenuous work. An exception was Elizabeth Burgess who was made tender of Lock No. 11 "providing that she hire a capable assistant."
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HM NumberHM2CKB
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 311856 N 4315936
Decimal Degrees38.97221667, -77.17180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.333', W 77° 10.308'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 19.98" N, 77° 10' 18.48" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6410 83rd Pl, Cabin John MD 20818, US
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