Bridge of Boats
The Dix Bridge and Burgoyne's Bridge of Boats
The Dix Bridge formally joins Saratoga and Washington Counties bridging
communities and inviting bicyclists, pedestrians, snowmobilers, and skiers to
cross the Hudson River.
The site has great historic significance. If you were to stand in the center of the
bridge and look to the north you would see the cuts in the river-bank where, in
1777 British General John Burgoyne's troops came and crossed the Hudson
on "Bateaux" 30' long flat-bottomed, flat-sided, double-ended crafts. More
than 6000 people traversed this area in the fall of 1777 and the crossing came
to be known as Burgoyne's "Bridge of Boats".
The photos show pins found along the riverbank just up stram from the Dix Bridge. These may have
been the anchors for Burgoyne's Bridge of Boats. The boats used were called Bateaus and each was
30 feet long. The diagram (right) shows how the bridge of boats was constructed:
1. Spacing the bateaus like a floating trestle
2. Wooden beams could be laid across them
3. On top of the beams planks were set to make a roadway for the crossing.
Finally a ramp was constructed to connect the land road to the bridge. Today, on the East side of the
river, you can still see the roadbed that was used by the Army to approach the bridge of boats.
To learn more about the British Invasion of 1777 and the battles that
defeated General Burgoyne's Army visit: http://www.nps.gov/sara/
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