The “Parent of all U.S. Canals”

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, known as the Parent of all U.S. Canals provided our short cut between Maryland and Delaware and the two great bays that bear the canal’s name.   Our sunset arrival at Chesapeake City positioned us perfectly to ride the 3 knot current the next morning through to Delaware Bay.

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In 1661, a Dutch surveyor and map maker first noted the potential to connect the two bays with a canal through the 14 mile strip of land separating them.  The canal opened in 1829 after an expenditure of $2.5 million.

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The Canal in 1867.

The 450 ft. wide C&D Canal carries 40% of all ship traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore.

The Canal today.

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