Chronology Of Cape Cod Canal Opened July 29, 1914

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Cape Cod Canal Officially Opened July 29, 1914. 1602 - Cape discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold. 1620 - Arrival of the Pilgrims. 1627 - Miles Standish trading at Manomett with the Dutch from New Amsterdam. Boats within three miles of each other. Small canal talked of. 1697 - General Court of Massachusetts appoints a committee to view place for passage from Barnstable Bay to Manomett Bay. 1717 - Capt. Cyprian Southack describes free water connection across the Cape Colony of Mass. 1776 - Gen. Washington ordered Thomas Machin to survey route which would "give greater security to navigation and against the enemy." Also James Bowdoin and William Sever appointed a committee to investigate subject. 1791 - John Hills and James Winthrop make survey. 1812 - Isthmus used by small boats to avoid enemy, 1818 - Israel Thorndike and Thomas H. Perkins employed Laommi Baldwin to make survey. 1824 - United States ordered survey. 1828 - Government Board reports on canal 36 feet wide and 8 feet deep to cost $669,522. 1860 - Renewed interest by State and Government. 1880 - Charter granted to Cape cod Canal Co. H. M. Whitney and others interested 1882 - Gen. G. K. Warren, U. S. A. Engrs., reports to Government on canal and cost of approaches. 1883 - Cape Cod Ship Canal Co. made contract with F. A. Lockwood, Excavated over 1,000,000 yds. and filed. C.M. Thompson, Engineer. 1890 - Property assigned to Col. Thos. L. Livermore. 1898 - DeWitt c. Flanagan, of N. Y., interested. 1899 - June 1 - charter to the Boston, Cape Cod & N. Y. Canal Co., under which and its amendments present company acting. 1904 - August Belmont and others interested 1907 - May 8 - Approved by the Commissioners. 1909 - June 22 - Work officially begun at Bourndale.

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