National Geographic : 1958 Jan
Slow Boat to Florida Canal, which streaks almost ruler-straight from Virginia into North Carolina (page 20). Opened in 1805, it is one of the Nation's old est artificial waterways. A lock at Deep Creek, Virginia, lifts vessels 12 feet; another at the canal's end at South Mills, North Caro lina, drops them back to sea level. I was at the wheel when Tradewinds en tered the Deep Creek lock chamber. Since Dorothea's attributes include neither tallness nor skill as a line heaver, we had a problem, for the lock tender was waiting for our bow line some 12 feet above us. After several un successful casts, Dorothea threw seamanship to the winds and used a boat hook to pass up the line. As soon as we were fast, gates behind us creaked shut and valves ahead were opened, admitting a cascade of Coca Cola-colored water that gur gled and foamed against our hull. When Tradewinds had risen to canal level, we cast off lines and powered through the southern gates. To prevent erosion of the banks and shoaling of the dredged channel, the Army Engineers-who maintain the toll-free Inland Waterway have set a speed limit here of six miles an hour. So we had time to observe reddish maple seed pods spiraling into brown water and white dogwood flowering in the shoreline's tangled growth. It was an extraordinarily pleasant way to travel. The sunshine slanted through the trees, dappling the water with shifting patterns of light and shadow. Birds flashed among the leaves, and from far away Secretary of t came the melting legatos of a Ships under insp mockingbird's song. Turtles moved past. U.S slid off logs as we approached. S. Gates, Jr., stall Occasionally water snakes swam alongside, and a muskrat cut a rippling V across our course. To us the Dismal Swamp seemed neither dismal nor a swamp. Tall Tales Born in Swamp To starboard lay forest George Washington had once surveyed. Formerly an impenetrable fastness, it is now laced with logging roads and marked by occasional farm clearings. But an element of mystery still lingers. Legend has peopled the swamp with ghosts, savages, moonshiners, and desperate criminals fleeing the law. Hair-raising tales of enormous reptiles, poi sonous plants, and treacherous peat bogs have also come out of the Great Dismal, which once spread over approximately 2,000 square he Navy Reviews the Fleet section remained at anchor while the reviewing vessels ,.S. Canberrasails ahead. Secretary of the Navy Thomas nds aboard the Boston. Ships of Many Flags Ride at Dress Parade off Norfolk Tidewater Virginia, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, paid tribute to modern sea power last June when men-of-war from 18 nations staged a review in Hampton Roads. Here crewmen in dress whites form a picket fence around the flight deck of the French carrier Bois Belleau, formerly the U.S.S. Belleau Wood. Hr. Ms. De Zeven Provincien, a Netherlands cruiser, lies next in line. Inset: U.S.S. Barbero, a guided-missile submarine, carries a Regulus I weapon on the deck. Hangar between missile and conning tower houses Regulus when the vessel submerges. National Geographic Photographer B. Anthony Stewart (left) and Vice-President Thomas W. McKnew © N.G .S.