Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 53 is located a short distance west of the Village of Clyde, Town of Galen, Wayne County, N.Y. It is a double-chamber lock, with the north chamber double-length at the foot (eastern end). The lift was 4.63 feet to the west. The lock is located on private property, and is given minimal maintenance.
Below are photographs of old Lock No. 53 taken in April and June 2007 -- click on an image below to see the full-size version.
|The eastern end of the north chamber, looking westward.||The north side, outside the lock, looking westward.|
|The western approach to the south chamber looking east.|| The western approach to the south chamber. The area has been regraded, |
and no trace of the original canal prism is visible.
|Looking into the western end of the north chamber from the miter sill.||The western end of the north chamber, north wall door recess.||Looking east from within the north chamber.|
|Western end of the north chamber, looking west from within the chamber.||The eastern end of the north chamber, looking east from within the chamber.|
|The western end of the south chamber, south wall door recess. A healthy growth of poison ivy prevented access to the chamber.||The western end, central (behind the brush) and south overflow openings between the chambers (and more poison ivy).||Google Earth view of the remains of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 53, just west of Clyde, N.Y.|