The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 20
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Buffalo Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
proof wharves and docks - at a cost of more than
$1,000,000.00, exclusive of the value of the land, thus
commemorating forty-eight years after the death of its
founder his prophetic vision.
On another page is a fac simile copy of an interesting
advertisement of the Morgan
Line published in Texas papers
The Steamship "Algiers"
above mentioned, by an interesting
coincidence, was one of the
fleet of vessels which in the year
1915 was placed in service between
Philadelphia and Houston
by the Southern Steamship Company,
which inaugurated the
first regular steamship service
through the Houston Ship
Channel, in which service it now
has a fleet of eight modern cargo
Up to September 19th, 1890,
e v e r y vessel passing through
Morgan's "Cut" paid toll, and a Houston and Texas Cej
heavy chain was stretched across
the canal, to insure that the toll was paid.
INGHAM STEPHEN ROBERTS.
THE steamship service established by Commodore
Morgan appeared to be "and the dream came true",
but for a few years only.
The transportation system he had dominated, after his
death soon passed into other hands which, in the nineties,
acquired the "Galveston, LaPorte
and Houston Railroad", and the
National Government dredged a
deeper channel across the Galveston
Bar, thus bringing deeper
water to the port of Galveston
where the Morgan Steamship
terminals were established, and
the old Clinton terminal, so far
as ocean going vessels were conconcerned,
With these occurrences t he
struggle for a deeper channel was
renewed, and with what success
will be seen. There were, however,
to be many years of discouragements
a n d disappointments,
with powerful opposition
Railroad Yards. 1896 in some quarters along with an
apathetic stupidity in others,
where there should have been friendly co-operation.
Happily the opposition now no longer exists, and the
apathy and stupidity has changed, in recent years, into
zealous, friendly co-operation.
The first survey of the waterway by United States
Engineers was made in 1871. On June 10th, 1872,
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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/m1/22/: accessed September 22, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .