Millville Lock 21 - Millville MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 01.345 W 071° 34.473
19T E 286848 N 4655472
Quick Description: One of the best surviving lock examples from the Blackstone Canal that was built between 1825 and 1828.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2013 5:20:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMGEYH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
Views: 1

Long Description:
Millville Lock is Canal Lock #21, the only intact lock, of 48 locks that allowed canal boats to climb or descend over 438 feet of altitude of the Blackstone River as it made its way back and forth from Worcester to Providence. These locks were constructed with large stones from the Farnum quarry, owned by the architect of these locks. The stones were delivered on rafts all along the River.

These locks were a key element in traversing the River as they filled up with water in a few moments to allow leveling so that a canal boat could continue its course. Though the wooden gates are long gone, the large slabs of granite remain as they were built in 1825-6. In its time, from 1828-1848 until railroads became the preferred mode of freight transport, these Locks allowed canal boats to run from sunrise to sunset, 6 days a week at about 3.5 miles per hour.

This canal boat traveled for 18 hours from Providence to Worcester and paid a tremendous dividend of $1. Freight included cloth, lumber and all types of household and building supplies that were excitedly received in Worcester. Prior to the Canal being constructed, Worcester was smaller than Sutton. In just a few years, Worcester's population tripled due to the commerce that developed through use of the canal boats transporting commercial freight.
Waterway Name: Blackstone Canal

Connected Points:
Connected Worcester, MA to Providence, RI providing access to the ocean in Rhode Island to central parts of Massachusetts


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 10/7/1828

Date Closed (if applicable): 1/1/1848

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Remnants

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