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Moncks Corner in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Santee Canal

 
 
Santee Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Santee Canal Marker
The Old Santee Canal in South Carolina is clearly the nation's first summit canal. (A summit canal goes up and then back down to another body of water.) Construction was started in 1793 and finished in 1800, but little remains of it today.
Inscription. This canal, twenty-two miles in length, connects the Santee and Cooper Rivers. Chartered in 1786, construction was commenced in 1793, and completed in 1800, under the direction of Col. John Christian Senf, a native of Sweden, as Chief Engineer. The canal was in operation until about 1850. (Marker Number 8-3.)
 
Location. 33° 12.63′ N, 79° 58.831′ W. Marker is in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on U.S. 52/71 near Dock Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moncks Corner SC 29461, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Site of Moncks Corner (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Moncks Corner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Biggin Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Berkeley Training High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Stony Landing Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Santee Canal (approx. 1.2 miles away); Berkeley County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); C.S.S. David (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moncks Corner.
 
Regarding Santee Canal. The Santee Canal was constructed between 1793 and 1800 under the direction of Col.
Santee Canal Marker, as seen looking north along US 71 / US 52 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
2. Santee Canal Marker, as seen looking north along US 71 / US 52
John Christian Senf, South Carolina State Engineer. Conceived to provide a shorter, safer water route from inland South Carolina to Charleston, the canal was one of the earliest important canals in the United States and perhaps the earliest major internal improvement project in the state. Originally intended as a delivery route for foodstuffs, the advent of successful cotton production made the canal more useful for transporting cotton bales. In 1830, during its most prosperous period, 720 boats arrived in Charleston bearing about 70,000 bales of cotton via the canal. The canal route was twenty-two miles long, beginning two miles below Greenwood Swamp on the Santee River and entering the Cooper River at Stoney Landing, approximately two miles east of Moncks Corner. The canal was thirty-five feet wide at the top and five and one half feet deep, sloping to a bottom width of twenty feet. With the exception of a wooden tidal lock, all the locks were made of brick and stone. In addition to the canal itself, there were several warehouses, keepersí houses, and other ancillary buildings along the route. All associated outbuildings, turning basins, lock bridges and the wooden lock have been destroyed. The towpaths are visible for large parts of the canal. The remains of the canal are overgrown with vegetation and are rapidly deteriorating. Listed in the National Register May 5, 1982. (S.C.
Santee Canal Marker as seen looking south image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 20, 2009
3. Santee Canal Marker as seen looking south
Dept. of Archives and History)
 
Also see . . .
1. Santee Canal From Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Old Santee Canal Park. History of the Canal (Submitted on October 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
a section of the Santee Canal seen at the Old Santee Canal Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
4. a section of the Santee Canal seen at the Old Santee Canal Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,184 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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