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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal

 
 
The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 1, 2007
1. The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Marker
Inscription. The 45-mile long Susquehanna (PA) and Tidewater (MD) Canal ran from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania to Havre de Grace, Maryland. The canal was built between 1835 and 1839 in order to improve commerce on the Susquehanna River. The new canal would connect the extensive Pennsylvania canal system with tidewater ports—primarily Baltimore and Philadelphia.

The flat-bottomed canal boats averaged 65 feet in length and hauled as much as 150 tons. A pair of mules walking in single file would pull a boat at a maximum of 4 mph. At greater speeds the vessel’s wake would cause damage to the canal walls.

Traffic on the canal was very heavy, reaching its peak in 1864. Unfortunately, the canal was plagued by ongoing problems including lack of sufficient funds, legal disputes, railroad competition, and storm-related damage. Eventually the ravages of nature and the cost of repairs made continuation impractical. Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Canal never reopened after a May 1894 flood. Maryland’s Tidewater Canal continued operation for local traffic until about 1900.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.363′ N, 76° 5.597′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace,
The Southern Terminius of the S&T Canal image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
2. The Southern Terminius of the S&T Canal
Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Conesto Street 0.2 miles from Erie Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How a Lock Works (here, next to this marker); Nineteenth Century Travel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lock House (approx. ¼ mile away); Susquehanna River Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away); Under Attack (approx. ¼ mile away); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Matilda O'Neill Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Wrightsville, PA Marker
 
Also see . . .  Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal South Lock #1 & Tidewater Canal Toll House. HA-113 & HA-112. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on October 7, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Related Markers
See "The Lock House" marker and "How a Lock Works" for photos.
    — Submitted July 1, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
S & T Canal Lock #1<br>Outlet Lock image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
3. S & T Canal Lock #1
Outlet Lock
Lock Master's House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
4. Lock Master's House
The Lock Master's House, built in 1840, housed the lock keeper and his family and also served as the toll collector's office. Today it is the home of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,787 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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