Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 44

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2006 on The History Channel
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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is comprised of a system of canals, land cuts, and a series of natural and artificial barrier islands, which provide a protected passage for low-draft vessels wishing to avoid the tumultuous currents of the Atlantic Ocean
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Many slaves who worked on the original Dismal Swamp Canal escaped bondage by fleeing into the swamp's dense forests. Today, the Dismal Swamp is recognized as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

      • In 1846, the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company became one of the first businesses to install a telegraph. Employees of the company used it to notify traffic enforcement officers when ships exceeded the canal's 4.5 miles per hour speed limit

      • In 1623, Captain Myles Standish of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts first proposed building a canal across the Cape Cod isthmus. He believed it would help facilitate trade between Native Americans and the colonists.

      • In 1962, the U.S. Navy Seabees built a nuclear fallout shelter for President Kennedy near his vacation home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Peanut Island – one of the many barrier islands on the Intracoastal Waterway. It exists to this day.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: America's liquid superhighway, a ribbon of water stretching 2,000 miles along the Eastern Seaboard. It's long offered refuge from the treacherous Atlantic, a vital commercial lifeline a century in the making, forged through stifling swamps and blasted though solid rock. Now climb aboard on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Howard Varnam, USACE
        Director of Navigation, Wilmington, NC District

        Pete Stoughton
        Bridge Tender, Great Bridge, VA

        George Ramsey
        Director, VA Canals & Navigation Society

        David Ingram
        Land Survey Historian

        Donald Jerry Ellis
        Historian, Bourne Historical Society

        William Crawford
        Author, Florida's Big Dig

        James Tomlin
        Project Engineer, C&D Canal

        Larry Brown, USACE
        Marine Traffic Controller, C&D Canal

        Robert Hazel
        Author, The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal

        Bob Barth
        Past President, Canal Society of New Jersey

        Mark Wilde-Ramsing
        Project Director, "Queen Anne's Revenge"

        Wendy Welsh
        Laboratory Manager, "Queen Anne's Revenge"

        James Deal
        Small Craft Mate, Cape Cod Canal

        Jimmy Hadden, USACE
        Project Manager, Charleston, SC District

        Kevin Allred, USACE
        Surveying Technician, Wilmington, NC District

        Nick Westmoreland, USACE
        Surveying Technician, Wilmington, NC District

        Captain Jim Donnelly
        Instant Express, Steven's Towing Co.

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