Southbound vessels await lowering in the lock.
With funding from a number of investors, Washington himself being a primary one, the Dismal Swamp Canal Company was founded in 1784, and construction commenced in 1793. The canal was entirely hand-dug by slaves, hired from area plantations, and indentured laborers, another wording for white slaves. They spent 12-years wallowing in mud and fighting snakes. The logs driven into the edges of the canal, to prevent the banks from caving in, have long since petrified and are still visible in many places. Tolls were charged to maintain the canal, and it was deepened in 1829.
With the lock gates opened, the parade heads south.
Wow, what a gorgeous shot. The photographer was standing
in about the same place I was when I took the picture above.
I found it on flickr, and would like to give proper credit,
but there was no further information. It is so great, I didn't
think anyone would mind you enjoying it also.