SHIPPING: Seaway for New Orleans

New Orleans is the second-biggest U.S. seaport* even though shipmasters dislike to travel the 117 meandering, treacherous, bar-marked miles up the Mississippi River from tidewater. Last week the old New Orleans dream of a shorter, straighter and deeper route took a step toward reality. The Senate passed and sent to President Eisenhower a bill authorizing, as a federal project, a 77-mile, $88 million channel running almost in a straight line from the city southeast across the marshlands to the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana Representatives F. Edward Hebert and Hale Boggs immediately began pushing for a congressional appropriation to cover...

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