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The Cape Cod Canal Turns 100 | New England By the Numbers

The Cape Cod Canal Turns 100 | New England By the Numbers
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Cape Cod Canal Bridge
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Cape Cod Canal Bridge


year Myles Standish proposed creating a canal separating Cape Cod from the Massachusetts mainland for safer, more efficient travel


years until the canal finally opened:July 29, 1914


number of people who drowned in those shipwrecks

Fourteen Thousand

boats now passing through the canal every year


number of ships wrecked while sailing around the Cape in the 50 years before the canal opened


feet: the canal’s original width and depth, too narrow and shallow for many ships to pass through


number of jobs created during the Great Depression for further construction and improvements


cost of the canal’s construction in 1914

$21 million

amount spent by the U.S. government between 1935 and 1940 on widening and deepening the canal


cubic yards of earth removed to open the canal in 1914


Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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