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New Castle Ice Harbor
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Water TransportationEra: 1750-1799DateCreated: 1794Ice Harbor
Delaware 19709
New CastleState: DECountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/New-Castle-Ice-Harbor/Creator: Delafield, Richard

In 1794, the Delaware legislature authorized a lottery to fund the erection of ice piers in the harbor at New Castle. The ice harbor was designed to protect anchored ships from storms and ice. At the time, New Castle served as the principal winter port for ships from the Port of Philadelphia because ice on the Delaware River posed such a serious hazard to the wooden-hulled vessels. The harbor was the first of its type on the river and the last one to be maintained as the need for them declined. It served as a model for the other four harbors constructed in the area.

YearAdded:
1986
Image Caption: New Castle Ice HarborEra_date_from: 1794
Houston Ship Channel
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Water TransportationEra: 1830-1839DateCreated: 1837BaytownHoustonState: TXCountry: USAWebsite: https://www.asce.org/project/houston-ship-channel/

The 50-mile Houston Ship Channel is a manmade port for ocean-going vessels, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Houston and Harris County, Texas.   

YearAdded:
1987
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Roy Luck (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Houston Ship ChannelEra_date_from: 1837
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