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gr -

Erie Canal (now Barge Canal) locks at Lockport!
I grew up in Brockport, a stone's throw away. And I want a PRIZE.

Alan -

For someone with such credentials, you have been extremely imprecise in your submission.

Gorthos -

It is a weir in a spillway attached to the Erie Canal at Lockport (Or a flume. I'm going by memory here.)

Alan -

Why are we wallowing in generalities again?<p>Hints a plenty in the clickable larger version especially in the upper left quadrant.

Chris Taylor -

I don't think it's a fish ladder. There's a big metal "boat cleat" (forgot what you call the tall cylinder versions -- capstan?) on the left hand side. Obviously something where you formerly tied boats, because fish can't use it.

Alan -

A line is tossed: I only greased out Gary for being imprecise.

Chris Taylor -

Okay... how about the Erie Canal circa 1825 (at Lockport), specifically the original five-step lock structure crossing the Niagara Escarpment. I understand it's now a spillway for excess water. I could not tell you the gate number of the modern-day lock that sits off to the left.

I think it's halfsies between Gary and Gorthos. Gary got the location, Gorthos identified the purpose/use.

Alan -

Which locks?? OK, I give. These are the upper two of the five original <i>northern</i> side locks. Lockport had mirror image step locks so ten in all. Interestingly, at the top just up that path you can glimpse was a restaurant with about 50 chickens being BBQed during the 90+F high humidity day so this scene will always remind me of BBQ.

Chris Taylor -

You are the inspiration for that old SNL skit "Johnny Canal", aren't you?

In this life, there are many canals,
Many roads which lead to the sea
Only one man has traveled them all
Johnny Canal is he!
Johnny Canal, Johnny Canal...
Oh, he fought with his blade
And he fought with his knife!
And he fought with his blade and his knife!

gr -

I still say I want my prize!
Bonus question: why is Lockport called Lockport?
Because there were several locks on the Erie Canal in the town!
I don't think the judge for this should be an attorney, whose priority is the little picky details of life.

gr -

But I must add, Chris Taylor is pretty cool.

Gorthos -

Chris: again, not googling but going by memory of my days in the coast guard reserve, I think a capstan has a rotatey bit so you can loop a rope around it and pull across it like a fixed pully.. The things that turn the tape reels in a cassette recorder are called capstans.. We just called the big metal boat cleats "tie off points" but we were just kids.

50 chickens.... Alan, your eyes must be better than mine.