CHAPTER 636

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27

MEMORIALIZING THE DELAWARE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO REQUEST THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO EXAMINE THE POSSIBILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF RESTORING THE HISTORIC LOCKS AT DELAWARE CITY.

WHEREAS, the old lock canal which was opened in 1829 with its easternmost lock at Delaware City holds great historical significance for the town of Delaware City; and

WHEREAS, the canal was first recommended as early as 1661 by Augustine Herman of Bohemia Manor and seriously considered by Benjamin Franklin in 1786; and

WHEREAS, with the construction of the present Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, the old locks, which are now only a branch channel of the new waterway, have been covered with mud; and

WHEREAS, the restoration of these locks would provide Delaware City with a historical tourist attraction where the people of Delaware and visitors to the State could discover the special distinction and flavor of the old canal town that sets Delaware City apart from any of the other river and bay side towns in Delaware from New Castle to Lewes.

NOW, THEREFORE :

BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the 127th General Assembly and the Governor of the State of Delaware request the Delaware Congressional Delegation to contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the possibility and feasibility of restoring the historic locks at Delaware City.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Delaware Congressional Delegation incorporate a copy of this resolution into the Congressional Record or into the record of any committee hearings that may be conducted relative to this subject.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Memorial be mailed to Senators William V. Roth, Jr. and Joseph R. Biden and to Representative Pierre S. DuPont, IV at their respective Senate and House offices in Washington, D.C.

Approved July 12, 1973.