Canal Boatman – My Life on Upstate Waterways. Richard G. Garrity. Colorful memories of a man who grew up at the turn of the century amidst his father’s canal boats used for hauling lumber and gravel on the Erie Canal. The boy grew up to be a boatman on the canals himself in upstate New York when the Barge Canal System opened in 1918, retiring in 1970 as a tug engineer. Illustrated with drawings and wonderful black and white vintage photos. Syracuse University Press, 1984, 222 pages.