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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
pleted, the first ocean steamship, the "Clinton", to navigate
Buffalo Bayou, now the Houston Ship Channel,
docked at Clinton. The following account of this important
event is taken from the Houston "Daily Telegraph"
(Sept. 23rd, 1876):
Sixty carloads of Freight! An ocean steamer comes through
the Ship Channel loaded down with freight!
Galveston's cuttle fish - It's Wharf Company flanked and
The Steamship "Clinton", Captain Talbot, from Morgan City,
Louisiana, with sixty carloads of New York freight for Houston
and various points on the Central, International and San Antonio
Railroads, arrived at Clinton yesterday morning. The
freight was discharged yesterday, and loaded in cars for the
points of destination.
This vessel brought the Texas freight of the New York
steamer "Algiers"-although business via the Ship Channel has
not been announced as regularly opened the facilities at command
at Clinton have enabled this large amount of freight to be
handled rapidly. In a few days we learn that both freight and
passenger business will be commenced.
The "Clinton" brought the trucks for the passenger cars now
enroute to Ilouston via Little Rock. Sixteen carloads of cotton
from points on the Central road went down to Clinton yesterday
morning. The Houston Depot is not yet completed, but we
learn that New York freight will be delivered there this morning.
This is a practical result beyond quibble and doubt of the
success of the Ship Channel, and proves its reality to the understanding
of all. The merchants who receive this freight get it
free of the extortions of Galveston bete noir, its hideous Wharf
Monopoly. Mr. John H. Reagan's especial pet.
The New Orleans "Times" (Sept. 21st, 1876) had the
following to say concerning the Texas Transportation
Company's Railroad and the Ship Channel:
The Morgan Line shipped yesterday by the New Orleans, St.
Louis & Chicago Railroad two passenger and one baggage car
for their new Railroad running from Houston to Clinton, Texas,
eight and one-half miles in length. At Clinton all future freight
and passengers will be transferred for all interior points in Texas
instead of Galveston as formerly.
Her Wharf Monopoly has thus killed the goose that laid
the golden egg. Moral: Other close fisted monopolies should
take warning and avoid her errors.
Chas. Morgan was born in Connecticut April 21st,
1795, and died in New York City May 8th, 1878, and it
is appropriate to note that the Morgan Steamship Lines
in the year 1926, at the old site known as "Clinton", on
the Houston Ship Channel, completed their modern fire
Morgan Steamship Line Terminals. 1926
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Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/21/?rotate=90: accessed September 25, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .