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    This week was the 36th annual James River Batteau Festival put on by The Virginia Canals & Navigation Society.

    The Festival is a week long tour of James River Batteaus on a 120 mile float from Lynchburg to Maidens Landing. The boats stop each night and camp along the river at predetermined sites. Maidens is the last boat landing before the river backs up into a pool of Bosher Dam just up stream from Richmond. The float is a section of the river that is unimpeded by dams. At lynchburg and through the mountains there are six dams obstructing navigation.


    History: https://vacanals.org/batteau/history/

    Construction narrative: https://vacanals.org/batteau/batteau...ion%202010.htm

    I had the day off Monday June 21 and towed my boat about an hour and a half up river and intercepted their journey. I was a beautiful day, a little hot 95F but I had the top up for shade and plenty of water and beer to keep me hydrated.

    From the boat launch I was able to motor up river past the first three rock shelves until I met a small riffle that I was unable to pick my way through.

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    Last edited by SKIP KILPATRICK; 06-25-2021 at 10:03 AM.
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    As far as I could go.

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    There is a deep pool behind this large rock. There are not may deep holes that I would trust ...I don't think I'll try this one either.

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    The flag on the one boat is the City of Richmond's flag. It has the silhouette of a boatman guiding a batteau down river to Richmond.

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    nicely done skip
    adding this to my bucket list
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    Boatmen of the late 18th and early 19th century were mostly enslaved Black men but not exclusively.

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    An old boat at the State Park.

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    skip, i hope you weren't bouncing that pretty 4 stroke off the shoals!

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    Thank you Skip! Great thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    skip, i hope you weren't bouncing that pretty 4 stroke off the shoals!
    I very very gently bounced off the rocks!

    My boat is named the River Goat....because she jumps from one rock to the next!
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    oh that is great. How many boats Skip?

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    Last year I think there were 15-18. I couldn't stay for the whole parade this year. The first boats didn't catch up to me until about 1:30. I pulled up the ramp heading home about 5pm. I would guess i saw about 8-9 boats.
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    Thanks Skip. I had read about the batteau festival before, but don't remember just where I read that.

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    Just saw this, Skip. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for posting, Skip! The Batteau Festival is a great event.
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    Hello Skip,

    We just finished reading your thread and are just jealous of the good times you and your river friends are having. Loved every minute of it!

    Thanks for a very good trip on the James River! Hope we can measure up to your river adventures too.

    Stay safe, stay healthy.

    J.
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