The batteau Mary Marshall Runs the New River Gorge Successfully!

The following article is reposted in the public interest and is from: The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia May 24, 2012 Group navigates New River in batteau boat By C.V. Moore Register-Herald Reporter LANSING — It was an old-timey day on the New River Wednesday, with a historic descent of the lower section of the river by a crew of modern batteaumen from Virginia. “We had a good crew, we bailed a lot, and had some pretty tight lines, but it was awesome. Everybody’s safe, and the boat’s intact,” said Andrew Shaw of Lynchburg, captain of the Mary Marshall, after the boat anchored safely to shore at Fayette Station. Batteaus are wooden, flat-bottomed boats used to navigate shallow waterways in the southeastern United States from the nation’s earliest days through as…
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Canal in Richmond VA in danger with proposed development!

James River & Kanawha Canal, Richmond, Save our Canal!, Virginia
VC&NS Trustee, Dr. Bill Trout submitted this article for everyone to read since the canal in Richmond is in danger! The following article was published in the Richmond Times Dispatch and we are re-posting it here in the public interest: Save Richmond's canals,  again Our historic canals should be saved so their future development can put Richmond on the map, as in San Antonio and Georgetown. But this opportunity could be mooted by well-intentioned pending schemes, which injure the canals in five places. There need not be this choice between canal and improvements. In 1988, a canal committee of leading citizens designed a waterway for tour boats from the James River at the Great Shiplock to Maymont. The navigable James River & Kanawha Canal would be spliced with the millrace…
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