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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With the cap rails nailed into place, the next step is to build the nose cones. Nose cones are arguably both the most difficult part of a batteau to build, and the most critical to its success. Essentially, the … Continue reading
After pushing hard on construction for the last few weeks, the crew and I decided to take some much needed river time yesterday afternoon. With Wesley Andrews in town from Richmond, and both the Schumacher boys off work we decided … Continue reading
Now that the ribs are in position on the jig, it is time to lay the stem boards. These 3 1/2”x6” beams serve as the foundation for the nosecone, and come off the center line of the boat perpendicular to … Continue reading
Now that we have our ribs assembled, it is time to actually start building the boat. In the first post, I mentioned the construction of the cinder block pylons. On top of our level blocks, which is 33′ from end … 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