The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! In the late 1880s, four Canadians, including Sir Sandford Fleming's son, Sandford H. Fleming, traveled to the State of Florida to enter into a subcontract with the Florida canal company to perform a portion of the work in the Matanzas-Halifax River Cut joining St. Augustine and today's [...]
The purchase of the Cape Cod Canal built by August Belmont was authorized by the same Act of Congress in 1927 that authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to enlarge and perpetually maintain the Florida East Coast Canal. Like the Cape Cod Canal, the Florida East Coast Canal was privately owned and collected tolls from [...]
On runs up and down the Florida East Coast Canal, which later became the Intracoastal Waterway, the flat-bottomed sternwheeler "Swan" was as light as "a dew drop" in transporting passengers, tourists, and commercial fruit and vegetables during the early part of the 1900's.