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Auction 174, Lot 234

"Survey for a Ship Canal Around the Falls of Niagara", U.S. War Department

Subject: Niagara Falls, New York

Period: 1835 (dated)


Color: Black & White

46.3 x 28.9 inches
117.6 x 73.4 cm
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This large sheet is centered on a proposed 100 acre harbor adjacent to the Niagara River with Queenston, Ontario at left and Lewiston, New York at top. The proposed harbor was a part of a larger plan to link Lake Erie and Ontario by a canal system. An inset at right details the plan for how ships would be lowered down Lewiston Ridge (at bottom) via locks, basins and the artificial harbor. Signed in the plate by W.G. Williams, Captain of the Topographical Engineers.


Condition: B

Issued folding with a number of small splits at fold intersections and a bit of light toning where the sheets are joined together. There is an edge tear at top that extends 1" into the image with some minor loss and a bit of staining in the vicinity.

Estimate: $140 - $170


Closed on 9/11/2019