"River Transportation" Philadelphia Transportation Tip by grandmaR
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We don't normally give a lot of thought to water transportation as a means of getting materials from one place to another. And when we think of transportation for people, we mostly think of ferries, or private boats. But ports are an important part of why many cities were built where they were. Only a few years after William Penn's vessel "The Welcome" landed on the shores of the Delaware River, Philadelphia became the New World's leading center for trade and commerce, a title it held for more than a hundred years until it was eclipsed by New York. Philadelphia is still fourth in the nation in the amount of tonnage handled, and second in the number of ship arrivals. The Port also has the unique distinction of being the largest fresh water port in the world, and it has recently been designated as a strategic military seaport.
Sometimes channels have to be dredged. Maybe the channel was originally deep, but has shoaled, or maybe the ship's drafts (how far they stick down in the water) has gotten larger. Dredging the Delaware River Federal Shipping Channel dates back to the late 1800s when the controlling depth of the Delaware River was 18 feet. The current 40-foot depth was reached during World War II. The Corps of Engineers' (who are responsible for the waterways) Philadelphia District has maintained the Delaware River at its authorized depth.
At the moment there is a controversy as to whether to deepen the channel to 45 feet. Pros and cons are given in the website below.
Philadelphia has also become a cruise ship port of embarkation.
othercontact: 215-656-6032 Corp of Engineers
Phone: 215-426-2600 Seaport
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