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Erie Canal

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Definition historically important canal connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo
  • Canallers, Don, are the boatmen belonging to our grand Erie Canal.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If in some cases a bit of a nautical Murat in setting forth his person ashore, the Handsome Sailor of the period in question evinced nothing of the dandified Billy-be-Damn, an amusing character all but extinct now, but occasionally to be encountered, and in a form yet more amusing than the original, at the tiller of the boats on the tempestuous Erie Canal or, more likely, vaporing in the groggeries along the tow-path.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Furthermore, as his windpipe solely opens into the tube of his spouting canal, and as that long canal—like the grand Erie Canal—is furnished with a sort of locks (that open and shut) for the downward retention of air or the upward exclusion of water, therefore the whale has no voice; unless you insult him by saying, that when he so strangely rumbles, he talks through his nose.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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