WelcomeThe purpose of this blog is to document the construction of a new batteau and the execution of our ambitious plan to retrace the intended James River and Kanawah Canal line. We are undertaking this task in commemoration of the Bi-Centennial of Chief Justice John Marshall's 1812 river survey, which explored a critical transportion corridor still in use today. This is our tribute to the bold men whose steadfast resolve to establish commercial links across the rugged and unforgiving Appalachian Mountains helped make this Nation what it is today.
www.vacanals.org for more information regarding the James River Batteau Festival and the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society. Without these institutions, this expedition would not be possible.
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“We’re not going to make it!” screamed Kevin Ferrell over the roaring river as we shot from Upper to Middle Keeney rapids just right of our intended line. Under a heavy sky and driving rain we desperately tried to move … Continue reading
After a week of lazily floating down a healthy Greenbrier River, not to mention enjoying the best hospitality West Virginia has to offer, we entered the final and most challenging river of our journey on Saturday, May 12. The New … Continue reading
In the last week we have kept with our goal of making as few miles as possible each day. The Greenbrier provided a stark contrast to the Jackson. Instead of battling up continuous rapids through filthy water alongside I-64, we have … Continue reading
We arrived in Buchanan in the midst of a cold, driving rain that persisted for the next day and a half. Our friend Jimmy Lewis opened his home to us and we all enjoyed showers, clean laundry, and sleeping inside … Continue reading
With Balcony in the rear view the crew is relishing the beauty of Appalachia and taking time to explore relics of The James River and Kanawah Canal. West of Lynchburg, we are finally in the waters Marshall surveyed in 1812. We spent much … Continue reading
After a day of rest in Lynchburg we loaded the Mary Marshall onto the trailer for her 23 mile portage around the seven dams that lie between Lynchburg and Snowden, where we would begin the most challenging portion of the … Continue reading
Last night at nine o’clock an exhausted but excited Marshall crew poled into Lynchburg where we were greeted at the James River Float Company by a dedicated group of friends and family. Four of the six crew are Lynchburg natives; all eagerly devoured the pot luck meal … Continue reading
We departed Cartersville early Saturday morning revitalized by dinner and company the night before and a strong cup of coffee in the morning care of Betsy. Again a headwind made carrying a straight line difficult as we tracked upriver toward Elk … Continue reading
This morning we woke up with the sun, heated water for oatmeal, cleaned the boat and set off with the ambition to make about twenty miles to Cartersville. We were motivated by the promise of a hot dinner waiting for us provided … Continue reading