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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Category Archives: Batteau Construction
Once all rib pieces (arms, gussets, and bases) have been cut out, and joint between the arm and the base has been recessed on each piece, it is time to build the ribs. The inside surface of the arm and … Continue reading
After months of planning, seeking endorsements, grant-writing, and generating enthusiasm, we are finally able to make visible progress toward realizing our project with the arrival of our lumber order. We are very pleased with the quality of lumber from the … Continue reading