Return to Schenectady - October 6th, 1992


Completing the last few miles under oars, and having been on the river for six days in the most glorious Indian Summer weather, the crew finally turned off the river and approached the mooring behind the Schenectady County Historical Society

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Arrival at Schenectady Harbor At noon on October 6th, "Discovery" turned the point to enter the old harbor for the last time in 1992, completing its six day round trip voyage to the frontier settlements upriver.

Waiting at the landing were the Schenectady students who a week earlier had entrusted their mechandize to "Discovery" for delivery upriver. And now they were on hand to help unload the produce sent to them by the children of Canajoharie/Fort Plain in return.

The batteau ties up at the landing Steered to its mooring by Phil Lord, and now securely tied off to the dock, "Discovery" completes its trading voyage on the Mohawk River and prepares to unload its cargo.
Students help unload cargo The students quickly learned that the samples of 18th century agricultural produce sent downriver are a lot heavier than the samples of manufactured goods they sent upriver.
Anson hands up some produce John Anson hands off a bunch of Indian corn to one of the students, while Bob Mulligan goes into the hold for more.
Pumpkins were part of the cargo Given the time of year of this trading voyage, pumpkins were part of the cargo, one of the larger ones being handed up by Bob Mulligan.
Anson passes a sack to a student John Anson passes a sack of something up to a anxiuosly waiting student. These items were later put on exhibit in the participating schools.
A crate of apples arrives onshore A crate of apples from Canajoharie makes its way up the riverbank from the landing - one item of produce that actually could be used without processing.
Children learn to carry a sack Students soon learned the proper way to carry a sack; this one probably full of corn or dried beans.
Securing the boat The last of the cargo has left the boat, and the crew now looks to securing the batteau from its first full season on the inland waterways.

 


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