Lanigan students get ‘locked up’ on Oswego River

Jacob Tanner, a fourth-grade student at Lanigan Elementary School, pretends to be the captain of the Tug Urger during a recent field trip to the Fulton locks on the Oswego River.
Jacob Tanner, a fourth-grade student at Lanigan Elementary School, pretends to be the captain of the Tug Urger during a recent field trip to the Fulton locks on the Oswego River.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fourth-graders at Lanigan Elementary School recently built on their classroom studies of geography and water navigation by getting a first-hand look at the lock system along the Oswego River.

The students traveled to the locks, where they hopped aboard the Tug Urger, examined the lock system, learned about water pollution and received a history lesson about the importance of waterways as a transportation mechanism.

The tug’s four-man crew discussed the history of the 113-year-old vessel, its 20-ton engine, and what it is like to travel along the water.

“The locks create flat water to navigate, otherwise the river would be rough,” said crew member Mike Burns as he displayed a small-scale replica version of the locks.

Students had a chance to move a miniature boat through the replica lock structure, all while learning about the gravitational operation of the locks.

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