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War Department Officers Making Survey of Canal, 1918

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War Department Officers Making Survey of Canal

Hagerstown, Md. March 8.

—Officers detailed by the War Department, in charge of Major John Stuart, are making a survey of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal from Cumberland to Washington to ascertain if the waterway can be enlarged with a view of the government taking it over and operating the waterway as a coal carrier during the remainder of the war. The officers, traveling on motorcycles, are on their way down the canal making a careful inspection after investigating the terminal and shipping facilities at Cumberland. It is designed to use tractors and a trolley device to be installed on the towpath, in connection with mule power to facilitate the movement of boats. A large fleet of boats will be built for use on the canal if the plan is adopted by the government.


Harrisburg Telegraph

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Maryland, 1830-1940

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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