MY LAST FISHING TRIP TO THE OHIO CANAL

ME ON CANAL FULTON'S LOCK #4

      During our trip to Ohio in August, 2010, Scott and Kathy went with my honey and me, on (in all probability) my last fishing trip to the Ohio canal. As a young lad, I spent many happy days fishing, boating, hiking and camping along the old canal.  My friends and I often camped over night along the banks of the canal, staying up late to catch catfish and carp.  Carp are not edible, but they sure were fun to catch, and that’s what fishing was all about for us. 

      The old Ohio Canal was used for hauling everything from coal and food to passengers and livestock, and stretched from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.    “Mulepower” was used to pull the canal boats along on what was called the “towpath,” and there were many stops along the way.  Mules, livestock, boat crews and passengers made it necessary to provide rest stops, hotels, eateries and saloons near the canal at ports of call such as Massillon,  (the town we grew up in) Navarre, Clinton, and Canal Fulton.  In 1855, heavy competition from the railroad industry forced the canal boats out of business.

        Today, only a few small segments of the canal remain.  The segment that we fished in is the one at Lock 4, near Canal Fulton, Ohio. (Photo #3, below.) The canal here flows south for a few miles, and North a few miles to Canal Fulton, where it stops at the Canal Boat Ride concession.  Helena III, (Photo #4 below.) is the current canal boat being used at the concession.  Helena l (circa 1967) was built essentially in the back yard of a house that we were living in at Canal Fulton while our new house was being built. 
               Some years later, Helena I sunk, and then Helena II was built. 
Helena II is on display near the concession in Canal Fulton.  Be sure to click on the link below the photographs to go to the Canal Fulton site and see more photos of the canal boat.  Enjoy.
                                                                                                              

KATHY WITH ONE OF HER BIG BLUEGILLS

HONEY IN THE CANAL BOAT

SCOTT AND KATHY-READY TO THROW ANOTHER FISH ON THE BARBIE.

SCOTTT WITH HUGE BLUEGILL

HELENA III THE CURRENT CANAL BOAT

LOCK #4 CANAL FULTON, OHIO

 CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

WWW.DISCOVERCANALFULTON.COM

THEN CLICK ON ST. HELENA III.

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About JUNIOR

I am a 77 year old retired Northrop-Grumman Corp. Facilities Engineer. I worked at Northrop's Pico Rivera and Palmdale facilities for a total of 13 years, and retired 1n 1995. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 54 fantastic years, and we have 3 excellent children (all boys) 7 wonderful grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. My hobbies are playing the piano (actually, more like learning HOW to play the piano) and restoring a 1937 Plymouth, although sadly, I have made very little progress on it in recent years. I drove road race go-karts until the age of 71. I never grew up, I just got old.
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