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OCEAN, BAY, AND RIVERS
Settlers discussed the idea of a canal across the Delaware peninsula as early as the mid-seventeenth century. The first serious contemplation of the project, which would shorten by nearly three hundred miles the voyage from Philadelphia to Baltimore, was led by Thomas Gilpin, a Delaware merchant, in 1764. The project took sixty years, hundreds of workers and millions of dollars to complete. First opened in 1829, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is one of the few from that era still in operation.
Nancy C. Sawin.
Joshua Gilpin, 1765-1840.
Photograph of boaters on the river, 1936. Willard S. Stewart. Delaware Photograph Collection.
WORKING ON THE WATER
Fishing has sustained the communities of southern Delaware since earliest times. In addition to food fishing, dredging for oysters and catching of non-edible fish and crabs have been major industries. Oyster shells and horseshoe crabs have been used as chicken feed and fertilizer. Although commercial fishing has declined, sports fishing still draws vacationers.
Jack Lewis, 1912-
The Bay and River Delaware. Bridgeville, Del.: J. Lewis, c1980.
"The Breakwater Light, Rehoboth Beach, Del." Rehoboth Beach: Horn's, 1911. Delaware Postcard Collection.
Last Modified 3/19/09