No, ocean-going vessels can continue in the Chesapeake Bay to its extreme northern end, where the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal ("C&D Canal") cuts eastward to the Delaware River and the Delaware Bay. The canal is 14 miles long. It's a short cut to Philadelphia (upriver) or out to the Atlantic (downriver). JOHN W. BROWN will take that route on its voyage to New York in September. This route saves 300 miles and several days of steaming time that would otherwise be required to go south to the mouth of the Bay at Norfolk, Virginia, then turn north to New York.
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