Inland Lock Navigation

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INLAND LOCK NAVIGATION. In 1792 the New York legislature granted charters to the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company to open water communication along the Mohawk River between the Hudson River and Lakes Ontario and Seneca. The legislature also granted charters to the Northern Inland Lock Navigation Company to connect the Hudson with Lakes George and Champlain, which, for lack of money, it never succeeded in accomplishing. The Western Company, by locks and short canals, opened a crude navigation between the Hudson and the lakes, but it never earned a profit and was eliminated after the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.


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Alvin F.Harlow/a. e.

See alsoCanals ; Erie Canal .