Robert E. Hager Canal Boat Diagrams

FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS NOW I HAD BEEN INTERESTED IN HOW BOATS THAT ONCE NAVIGATED THE OLD ERIE CANAL HAVE BEEN BUILT. IT ALL BEGAN WHEN I DISCOVERED THE REMAINS OF A BOAT AT KIRKVILLE IN 1957.” - Robert E. Hager, 1987

This collection of Dr. Hager’s drawings include construction plans of canal boats used on the Erie Canal throughout the 19th century. These drawings were based on his extensive research on boat building techniques. Some diagrams, such as those of the “Lady Carrington II,” were used to build scale models of boats for institutions across New York State. The drawings were made on mylar and paper depicting various perspectives of boat exteriors, interiors, and hull construction. These images serve as a small sample of the prolific research and documentation produced by Dr. Hager all of which is preserved in the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum library and archives.

Collection owner: Chittenango Canal Boat Museum