The Weighlock Building

The Weighlock Building (HMRGG)

Location: Watervliet, NY 12189 Albany County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 44.206', W 73° 42.013'

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1850-1915

This Greek-revival building was one of several weigh stations along the Canal used to levy the tolls for barges carrying merchandise and farm goods.

Until 1850 freight cargoes were measured by the displacement theory, but this hydraulic type worked with scales rather than displacement. After a boat entered the lock and came to rest on a wooden cradle, certain rods transferred the weight along a series of levers to the beam of the scales inside the Weighlock building. The Weigh Master moved a center balancing weight along the beam which determined the weight of the loaded boat.

The Weighlock was no longer needed in the late 1800's because the State abolished tolls in order to compete with the railroads.
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HM NumberHMRGG
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
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Year Placed1983
Placed ByTown of Colonie
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 606395 N 4732402
Decimal Degrees42.73676667, -73.70021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.206', W 73° 42.013'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 12.36" N, 73° 42' 0.78" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2607 2nd Ave, Watervliet NY 12189, US
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