Cape Cod Canal book now available

Oct 12, 2013

Historic New England’s latest publication, Cape Cod Canal by Timothy T. Orwig, is an illustrated timeline showcasing the nearly century-old canal’s initial concept, its construction, and later improvements.

The Cape Cod Canal it is the widest sea-level canal in the world, and continues to be an engineering marvel, a vital shipping link used by up to 20,000 vessels a year, and a summer destination for locals and visitors. More than two hundred black and white archival images in the book are from the Nina Heald Webber Collection at Historic New England and document the canal’s history from its first unsuccessful building efforts in the 1800s, through its 1909–1914 construction, and subsequent improvements in the 1930s.

Cape Cod Canal is available at Historic New England’s online shop. The 128-page softcover book, published by Arcadia Publishing, sells for $21.99.