National Geographic : 1958 Jan
National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts © N.G .S. Tradewinds Cuts a Herringbone Wake in Dismal Swamp Canal The 22-mile canal, one of the first artificial waterways in the United States, links Virginia's Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads with North Carolina's Pasquotank River and Albe marle Sound. Slaves began dig ging the canal late in the 18th century. The Ocean Highway (U. S. 17) runs parallel to the chan nel. Rangers keep vigil for forest fires from the lookout tower at upper left. Sitting on the forepeak, Dorothea Jones mends a tear in Tradewinds' jib. Her right hand carries a sailmaker's palm, a leather-and-metal device used to push needles through heavy cloth. Above: Tradewinds (right) meets a cabin cruiser in the Pasquotank River.