The Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work

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The Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work

Author: Linda J. Barth
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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The Delaware and Raritan Canal connected the Chesapeake Bay with New England ports, allowing a wide variety of vessels to use the waterway and avoid the treacherous Atlantic Ocean. The unusual machinery of the canal—locks, swing bridges, aqueducts, spill gates—is depicted in detail in The Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work.

The book focuses on many of the businesses that operated along the canal, including farms, food-packing companies, rubber-reclaiming plants, coal yards, quarries, Johnson & Johnson, and Atlantic Terra Cotta. It includes scenic views along this famous waterway, one of the most successful towpath canals in the United States.

Background Information

Delaware is a small state on the Atlantic seaboard, one of the original thirteen colonies whose location off the main transportation routes has limited its importance. Chesapeake Bay is the huge estuary of the Susquehanna River between Maryland and Virginia, formed by the gradual rise in sea level since the end of the last Ice Age. The success of the Erie Canal inspired many promoters to launch canal projects that were not as well thought out.