North West Canal

North West Canal (HMP9J)

Location: Chesapeake, VA 23323
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 36.313', W 76° 22.883'

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Approved by the Virginia General Assembly in 1818, the North West Canal was constructed by the Dismal Swamp Canal Company between 1828 and 1830. The canal was intended for carrying timber and farm products between the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Northwest River and as an alternate route to the Atlantic Ocean via the Currituck Inlet; however, the silting of the inlet in 1837 eliminated this latter use. The canal was about 24 feet wide and 4 feet deep and extended nearly 7 miles. It fell into disuse during the Civil War and by 1871 a drought necessitated the closing off of the canal to conserve water.
HM NumberHMP9J
Marker NumberWP-12
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 376453 N 4051967
Decimal Degrees36.60521667, -76.38138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.313', W 76° 22.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 18.78" N, 76° 22' 52.98" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake VA 23323, US
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