Cape Cod Canal Toll Sheet *****SOLD***** - 1915 
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Cape Cod & Islands
Antique toll sheet for the Cape Cod Canal listing the toll amounts for various types of ships that would use the canal. This is an original from 1915, when the Canal was first opened and when it was owned by the Boston, Cape Cod, & New York Canal Company. It was privately funded and owned when it was first constructed, however it proved to be less lucrative than expected because its narrow width and a few accidents gave it a bad reputation. In 1918 a German U-boat surfaced three miles off Orleans and shelled the tug Perth Amboy and her string of four barges. The Director General of the United States Railroad Administration took over jurisdiction and operation of the canal four days later under a presidential proclamation. The United States Army Corps of Engineers re-dredged the channel to 25 feet (7.62 m) deep while it remained under government control until 1920. In 1928, the government purchased the canal for use as a free public waterway. This 1915 toll sheet is a unique piece of Cape Cod history. Very good condition with slight browning at edges. Approx. 17 x 8.5 inches to the paper edges. **SOLD**
Antique Toll Sheet
MAS1768
Antique
Maker: Boston, Cape Cod, & New York Canal Company




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