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Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Pump House, South side of Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Chesapeake City, Cecil County, MD



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Item Title


Location
South side of Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Chesapeake City, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-39
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-10).
Building/structure dates: 1854 initial construction
National Register Number: 66000390
Significance: The two high-pressure, single cylinder beam engines, built by Merrick & Sons of Philadelphia, are the earliest American built stationary steam engines on their original foundations in the United States. The arrangement of the steam engines driving a 39 foot diameter lift wheel that supplied water to the summit level of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal also is unique. The physical plant, consisting of the steam engines, lift-wheel and the buildings that housed them, is essentially complete (except for the boilers that supplied steam to the engines), and represents an innovative 19th century engineering design.

Subjects
Galleries & Museums
Pumping Stations
Hydraulic Facilities


Related Names
Merrick, Samuel V.
Town, John H.
Merrick & Sons Of Philadelphia


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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