|Engineering News, Oct. 1912|
Philadelphia 94 --- The first 38 miles is the 25 mile-wide Delaware Bay.
New Orleans 100
London 70 -- Wide inlet at the mouth.
Glasgow 100 --The first 80 miles being wide inlets (Firth of Clyde, Wemyss Bay).
Rotterdam 22 -- Wide inlet at the mouth.
Antwerp 59 -- Wide inlet at the mouth.
Bremen 70 -- Wide inlet at the mouth.
Hamburg 75 -- Wide inlet at the mouth.
This article was published 2 years before the opening of the Panama Canal, which cut in half the 18,000 mile trip to Europe. It was a time when Portland was waking up to the fact that it could stand alongside the major seaports of the world. The new Panama Canal channel, opening this year, will set a new template for shipbuilding. Up until now it has been Panamax, ships designed to just squeeze through the canal. The New Panamax will be deeper and wider, meaning the ships cannot receive full cargoes at the lower Columbia ports. What this means for the Army Corp of Engineers, the local maritime business, and the environment is yet to be seen.
As a city and a port Portland has always been in a state of flux. We won't always be the hipster capital of the world. Will we remain the only major seaport 112 miles from the ocean?