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Delaware City in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Diving Bell

 
 
The Diving Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
1. The Diving Bell Marker
Inscription. Made in Philadelphia 1839 for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, it was used as an air chamber for workmen to make underwater repairs on the lock gates. The canal was opened in 1829 and was operated until the sea level canal was opened at Reedy Point in 1927.
This diving bell as restored in 1961 by the Delaware City Community Park District.
 
Location. 39° 34.731′ N, 75° 35.267′ W. Marker is in Delaware City, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Clinton Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the center of the park near the end of Clinton Street. Marker is in this post office area: Delaware City DE 19706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delaware Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Delaware City Public School (approx. half a mile away); Delaware City School No. 118C (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pea Patch Island (approx. one mile away); Batteries Hentig and Dodd (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sally Port (approx. 1.3 miles away); W. Emerson Wilson (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware City.
 
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The Diving Bell image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
2. The Diving Bell
Plaque can be seen on the side of the diving bell. The bell would have been suspended by a cable and entered from the bottom. The Delaware River is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,397 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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