19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

 

 

Delaware

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

 

41st General Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Co. – 1860

 

76th Annual Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Co. – 1895

 

85th Annual Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Co. – 1904

 

89th Annual Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Co. – 1908

 

A collection of the laws relative to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal passed by the legislatures of the states of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, subsequent to the year 1798 – 1823

 

A Connected View of the Whole Internal Navigation of the United States – 1830
A description and status of construction begins on page 153.

 

A Delaware Album, 1900-1930
A brief history begins on page 115.

 

A Description of the Canals and Rail Roads of the United States – 1840
A brief description of the canal bagins on page 148.

 

A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the Civil War, Volume 3 – 1892
A brief history of the canal begins on page 471.

 

A Memoir On The Rise, Progress, And Present State Of The Chesapeake And Delaware Canal
A link to an 1827 publication. Includes maps.
 

A New Gazetteer Or, Geographical Dictionary, of North America and the West Indies – 1832
A profile of elevations of the canal is found on page 85 and a table of distances between towns on the canal is on page 462.

 

A Short History of Chesapeake City
A brief history of the community, including reference to the canal.

 

Address of Senator Earle, on the Subject of a Ship Canal between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
Link to an 1872 address regarding the proposed canal.
 

Address of the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company – 1845
 

American State Papers – 1834
Legislative reports on the canal appear on pages 452, 454, 726, 752 and 914.

 

An Accompaniment to Mitchell’s Reference and Distance Map of the United States - 1835
A brief history and description of the canal is found on page 248.
 

Annual Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Co. – 1904
The 1904 report to stockholders.

 

Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the Year 1906
 A brief history and description of the canal is on page 1393.

 

C & D Canal Historical Marker 
A brief history and description of the canal.

 

Canal History
A brief history of the canal.  Includes a historical photo.

 

Canals for a Nation
A brief history of the canal begins on page 108.

 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
A brief history and description.   Includes current photos.

 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
A brief history and description of the canal.

 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Company Stock Certificate – 1884
Photograph of the certificate.

 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Disaster
The article begins on page 12 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Pump House
A set of drawings of the historical structure and equipment, and a brief description of their significance. The .pdf file includes a more extensive history and description.
 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Scoop Wheel & Engines (1852)
Information about the 19th-century steam pumps at the (former) summit of the ship canal
 

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Still Moves the Goods
A brief history of the canal and description of the canal museum.
 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
Description, history, construction details, current map, photos and links to related sites.
 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
Description, history, milestone of key events, current map and photos and links to related sites.
 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company Stock Certificate – 1850
 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal - Early History

 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Images
Historical photos of the canal.

 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Newspaper Stories
A sample of articles from 1824 to 1826.

 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.; Twenty-Nine Vessels Wrecked And Sixty-Eight Stranded Injury To The Canal Peaches
Link to an 1873 N.Y.Times article about the results of a storm.
 

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, With Special Reference to the Water Wheel and Chesapeake City
Link to a brief paper tracing the history and operation of the canal. Includes diagrams, photographs, and other illustrations.
 

Damage to the C & D Canal
The article begins on page 3 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Delaware State Library – Delaware Collections
A set of historical postcards, photos and documents.

 

Early American Railroads
A history of the canal begins on page 634.

 

Exhibit of the Shocking Oppression and Injustice Suffered
An 1825 protest by a contractor, to the shareholders of the company.
 

General Reports on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
Links to reports from 1860 through 1919.

 

General Report on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal - 1901
The 1901 report to stockholders.

 

Google Newspapers
A set of historical newspaper articles which make reference to the canal.

 

History of Delaware
A brief history of the canal begins on page 108.

 

History of the Waterways of the Atlantic Coast of the United States – 1983
A brief history of the canal begins on page 58.  Includes a map.

 

Latrobe's 'Crackpot' Scheme Changed Delaware Culture Forever
A brief history of the canal. Historical photo and links to related sites.
 

Letter From the Secretary of War – 1894
Includes a report on the most feasible route for the improved canal.

 

Maritime Cecil County
A brief history, including a map and historical photos, begins on page 61.

 

Observations Respecting the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal - 1805
Facts and observations regarding the proposed canal, presented to Congress by the authors of the Memorial.

 

Old Lock Pump House
A brief history and description of the pump house.   Includes current photos and drawings of the equipment.

 

Pennsylvania Canal Society Visits the C&D
Included in this article, which begins on page 10 of the American Canal Society newsletter, is a brief history and a map of the original route of the canal.

 

Philadelphia and Vicinity
Historical photos of the canal are on pages 59-61.

 

Philadelphia in 1824
A brief description of the canal begins on page 158.

 

Picturing Delaware: Ocean, Bay, And Rivers
A brief history of the canal from the University of Delaware Library, with historical photographs.
 

Producers Versus Capitalists: Constitutional Conflict in Antebellum America
The canal vs. the railroads, as an example of conflicts in fiscal policies in the early 19th century, begins on page 110.

 

Report of the 1844 Select Committee
Link to a report on allegations of illegal and excessive tolls charged for travel via the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
 

Report of the committee to whom was referred the memorial of the president and directors of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Company – 1813

 

Section of the Northern Course of the Canal From the Tide in the Elk River at Frenchtown to the Forked [Oak] in Mr. Rudulph's Swamp
An 1803 map of a section of the canal.
 

Senate Documents, Otherwise Publ. as Public Documents and Executive Documents – 1816
A U.S. Senate report regarding seeking federal aid to contruct the proposed canal is found on page 38..

 

The American Farmer Vol. X – 1828
The Ninth General Report on the canal is found on page 172.

 

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal - 1921
A history of the canal.  Historical photos.

 

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the Civil War - 1911
 

The Diving Bell Historical Marker
A brief description of the equipment which enabled workers to make underwater repairs on canal gates. Includes a current photo of the bell.
 

The Economy of Early America: Historical Perspectives and New Directions
A brief history of how capital was raised for the canal in 1810 is found on page 294.

 

The Memorial and Petition of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company – 1809
The original petition, seeking to create the canal.

 

The Philadelphia-Baltimore Trade Rivalry, 1780 – 1860
Includes numerous references to the canal.

 

The Register of Pennsylvania – 1835
Includes on page 385 the Sixteenth General Report on the canal.

 

To the Merchants and Other Inhabitants of Pennsylvania
A 1771 broadside, recommending canals between the Susquehanna and Schuylkill and the Chesapeake and the Delaware.
 

To the stockholders of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
An 1824 letter to the stockholders of the canal.

 

Rev. February, 2021