Here are the pictures of our trip down “The Great Dismal Canal”.
Completed in 1805 the Great Dismal Swamp Canal connected the Elizabeth River and the Pasquotank River.
It’s been a while since we’ve locked through, Dearest forgot her gloves.
Dry Creek Lock Master made sure everyone was secure in the lock, then directed how the boats should line up in the canal.
Deep Creek Lock is the first of two locks on the Dismal
After Deep Creek Lock we had to wait for the lock master to move to the bridge and open it for us.
Clumps of grass floated along the edges.
Vegetation from the banks would move with the wind.
Different varieties of vegetation floating along the sides of the canal.
A beautiful day to idle the 30+ miles.
Fall color just beginning to show
Many branches had fallen into the canal
We left Virginia and entered North Carolina.
Of the different animals that live in the area all we saw were turtles
There are many different species that live in the swamp.
Tannins in the water give it a dark color
There were six boats that traveled together. Here they ease up behind us to wait for the South Mills Bridge and Lock
We ran about 6 MPH between the locks and arrived at South Mills Bridge and Lock at 1:00. The open on schedule at 1:30.
Dearest takes her place for the lock through
Lock Masters all are different. This one told us to get in tie up and help the others coming in after.
Flooding from the storms is still evident.
After South Mills Lock we enter the Pasquotank River
The Pasquotank was deeper and wider with more trees in the water
Cyprus trees on the edge of the river
This was a Cyprus swamp, then logged of and now lots of undergrowth and Kudzu
End of the day tied up at Lambs Marina outside Elizabeth City, NC
How I felt after a day of 6 miles per hour.