[Ship Canal At Sabine Pass, Texas]. Letter From the Secretary of War Transmitting a Letter From the Chief of Engineers in Response to the Joint Resolution of Congress Approved May 28, 1898, Relating to a Ship Canal at Sabine Pass, Texas. 55th Congress, 2d Session, Document No. 549. [Washington]: [1898]. 8vo. 42 pages. Thirteen large fold-out plans and maps. Later red cloth over boards binding with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Fine condition.

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    With the Sabine Pass Ship Channel, the Sabine-Neches Waterway forms a Y-shaped set of interlocking river channels and canals extending from the Gulf of Mexico to Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Orange, Texas. The Consultation of 1835 designated the mouth of the Sabine River a port; a customhouse was built there three years later. Extensive construction to improve the waterways began with river and harbor acts of 1875, 1882, and 1896, when the mouth of the channel was deepened and jetties were built to prevent silting. Some improvements in the Sabine and Neches rivers were authorized in 1878, and the Port Arthur Canal and Dock Company began building a more suitable channel to Port Arthur in 1895. Legal entanglements necessitated the use of private funds to dredge the Port Arthur Canal west of Sabine Lake; the canal opened in 1899.

    Reference: Robert Wooster, "SABINE-NECHES WATERWAY AND SABINE PASS SHIP CHANNEL," Handbook of Texas Online.

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