1951


Jul 7
The Portage Canal is shut down.

December
The Canadian Parliament passes the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Act.

 

Demoltion of the Aluminum Company of America plant on Niagara Falls, New York's Hydraulic Canal is begun.

 

1952


May 15
Four crewmen are killed when a freighter and a tanker collide in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

 

Demoltion of the Aluminum Company of America plant is completed. ** The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal opens.

 

1954


May
The U. S. Congress passes the Wiley-Dondero Act, establishing the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, to build a 27-foot channel around the international rapids.

 

1955


A modernization of locks on the Ohio River is begun, to accommodate longer barge tows.

 

1956


Jul 26
Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal.

Sep 21
The Canal Users' Association is founded, in London.

Oct 30
Britain bombs Egyptian airfields.

Nov 6
A British armada arrives at the north end of the canal.

 

1957


Jan 4
The Suez Canal is reopened enough to permit medium-sized ships through.

Mar 5
Egypt's Gamel Nasser bars Israel from the use of the Suez Canal.

Apr 10
A passenger ship transits the Suez Canal - the first since last fall.

Apr 19
Great Britain pays its first toll for use of the Suez Canal.

May 22
The U. S. S. McGowan is the first military ship to use the reopened Suez Canal.

 

1958


Brooklyn's Erie Basin is taken over by the Port Authority of New York.

 

1959


Apr 25
The St. Lawrence Seaway opens for traffic.

June
Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower officially dedicate the St. Lawrence Seaway. ** A new lock is added to Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River.

Extensive improvements on the Sensée are begun.

 

1963



A new dam and lock are built on Tennessee's Clinch River.

 

1964


The Potomac Heritage Trail opens, along the former route of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. ** England's restored Lower Avon Canal reopens.

 

Erie Canal

Marvin A. Rapp's Canal Water and Whiskey.

 

1968


The Soo Canal's Poe Lock is replaced by the New Poe Lock.

 

1969


Jul 16
The Georges River Canal System is placed on the State of Maine Register of Historic Sites.

The Canal Society of New Jersey is founded.

 

1970


Mar 10
The Georges River Canal System is placed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

Boatman and author Richard Garrity retires after a lifetime working on the Erie Canal.

 

1971


The Soo Canal reports 91.5 million tons of shipping passing through the U. S. Locks during the year, 1.5 million through the Canadian.

 

1972


December
Construction begins on the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

 

1974


A break at Bushnell Basin, southeast of Rochester, destroys a home and damages forty others. ** New Jersey creates the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.

 

1975


The Canal Society of New Jersey opens the Canal Museum at Waterloo.

 

1983


July
President Reagan signs an appropriations bill to complete the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

 

1984


December
The Tenn-Tom Waterway is completed.

 

1985


January
The 234-mile Tenn-Tom Waterway, connecting the Tennessee River's Pickwick Lake with the Tombigbee River at Demopolis, Alabama, opens to traffic.

Jun 1
The Tenn-Tom Waterway is officially dedicated.

 

1991


A Navy F-4 Phantom jet is transported to a Schenectady museum by barge, the end of a long period of commercial shipping via the Erie Canal.

 

1996


Jun 2
A historic plaque, sponsored by the New York State Canal Society, is placed at Buffalo's harbor on the Niagara River, to commemorate the city as the Erie Canal's western terminus.

 

1997


April 27
A historic plaque, sponsored by the New York State Canal Society, is placed at Albany's harbor on the Hudson River, to commemorate the city as the Erie Canal's eastern terminus.

 

1998


May 2
A historic plaque, sponsored by the New York State Canal Society, is placed at Sylvan Beach on the eastern end of Oneida Lake.

 

1999


Jun 24
Justin Dunn, 6, of Albion, falls into the Erie Canal near his home and drowns.

 

New York

Erie Canal Historian Marvin Rapp dies, in his mid-eighties.

 

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