The Atlantic IntraCoastal Waterway | History Of SC Slide Collection

The Inland Waterway between the Stono and Ashley Rivers, 1950. The Atlantic IntraCoastal Waterway is another form of canal. Not one route but many, it stretches from Massachusetts in the north all the way to the southern tip of Florida, allowing small boats to bypass the heavy waters of the open Atlantic. Before 1800, planters in South Carolina dug several canals at points where rivers were close enough to allow connections, such as the Wapoo Cut linking the Stono with the Ashley near Charleston. The entire waterway was essentially completed by 1940.

Courtesy of the South Carolina Historical Society.