National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ

National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ

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National Waterway by Ralph Gray History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal DJ
 
The National Waterway by Ralph D Gray   Reflections from the lights on some photos.
A history of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal 1769-1965
Hard Cover w/Dust Jacket has plastic protective covering
279 pages
Copyright 1967
CONTENTS
1 Connecting the Bays: An Age-Old Dream1
2 Formation of the Canal Company10
3 Delay and Debate25
4 Relocating and Constructing the Canal, 1822-29  43
5 The Canal in 183067
6 Landslides and Lawsuits: The First Decade of Operation81
7 May the Company Charge a Passenger Toll?101
8 Prewar Problems: The 1850's122
9 The Canal in the Civil War138
10 Postwar Prosperity and Decline150
11 Dissensions and Defalcations: The 1880's167
12 The Revival of Inland Waterway Transportation182
13 Plans for a Ship Canal199
14 Government Purchase of the Canal216
15 Government Operation of the Canal240
Bibliographical Essay259
Index   265
TABLES                                                                                                                                                    1 Subscriptions in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, 1803-06   15
2 Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company Finances, 1803-06   21
3 Tolls and Tonnages, 1830-5083
4 Number of Canal Boats Towed to Philadelphia and Baltimore, 1849-57131
5 Tolls and Tonnages, 1851-90156
6 Analysis of the Canal Trade, 1850-87175
7 Tolls and Tonnages, 1891-1919207
8 Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Traffic, 1920-65247
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                  THE NATIONAL WATERWAY A History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 1769-1965 by Ralph D. Gray
This first full-length study of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal traces the history of that important and unique waterway from its beginnings in the late 18th century to the modern seaway now under construction. It is primarily a history of struggle - financial, legal, and political - closely interwoven with the intriguing story of the "canal era" specifically and of transportation history generally in the United States.
Completed in 1829, the canal has played a variety of significant roles in national affairs. It served the country well during the Civil War, especially in the critical early months when it was in large part responsible for saving Washington from Confederate capture, and during World Wars I and II of this century. Much of its later history centers about the controversial movement for a sea-level waterway between the two bays - a drive aided by a series of government reports recommending conversion of the existing lock canal, and after 1907, by the remarkably persistent agitation of the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association. As a result of the reports, agitation, and war experience, the government purchased the canal in 1919, and has since undertaken three enlargement projects to improve service to national and international trade.
In chronicling the canal's long history, the author not only assesses its importance to both the area and the nation, but offers a fascinating account of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, from its original incorporation to its final demise in 1919. Although the Company failed to earn even a modest profit for its stockholders, its lasting legacy is the seaway itself, the "central link" in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which already carries more than 12,000,000 tons of commerce annually.



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