The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 9 Jul, 1895

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Uncle Sam Had Better Control That Deep Water Ocean Connection

Washington, July 8. - President Cleveland will soon appoint a commission for the purpose of investigating the feasibility of a ship canal connecting the great lakes and the Atlantic ocean. This is in accordance with the paragraph in the sundry civil bill passed by the late congress, which authorized the president to appoint three members to confer with a similar commission chosen by Great Britain or Canada on this subject. The idea is to ascertain whether a canal can be built which will admit ocean vessels to pass between the great lakes and the Atlantic, to ascertain its coast, and to provide by treaty that the canal shall be open at all times. Many believe it would be better for the canal to be built exclusively in United States territory, so that this country can control it.

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The international organization thus formed was termed the "Deep Waterways Commission." This was the beginning of the process that eventually led to the St. Lawrence Seaway, which was not completed until 1959.
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9 Jul, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 9 Jul, 1895