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Archival Record Series

Wharves, Docks, and Ferries, Department of

[Record Group 92]

92.1 Annual Reports
1914, 1915, 1920-1923, 1948, 1949
8 volumes, index
For other Annual Reports between 1907 and 1938, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.2 Unimproved Properties on Delaware River, Allegheny Avenue to Poquessing Creek
1929
1 volume,
Entries show lot locations, owner, character of business, river frontage improved and unimproved, river bank improved and unimproved, methods of transportation used, maps.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.3 Delaware River. North and South Wharves
ca. 1930, 1947
2 volumes, no index
Maps showing dimensions, styles and facilities of piers, bulkhead lines, street lines. 1947 volume also includes names of owners of wharves, locality sketches, location of transportation lines, the pierhead and bulkhead lines of bridges on the Delaware River, dimensions of their ship channels and clearance, and mean high water mark.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.4 City maps
1918, 1923
2 maps, no index
Actual and proposed piers, parks and railroads distinguished with color codes. Published by the Department. scale 1 mile = 3 7/8"
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.5 Scrapbooks
1913-1953
149 volumes, no index
Newspaper clippings dealing mainly with port news or transit matters
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.6 "The Port of Philadelphia"
1926
1 volume, index
Includes a brief history of the port; 1906-1925 statistics of vessel arrivals, clearances, tonnage, customs receipts, foreign trade cargo values, tide tables; description of Department's functions; dimensions and statistics of the Delaware River Bridge (now the Benjamin Franklin Bridge); pilotage rates; descriptions of port's wharves, facilities, lighting, marking, and channels; speed regulations for vessels in port, and harbor and anchorage regulations; description and statistics of U.S. Naval Base; list of steamship companies using port, ports with which they traded, names of owners or agents; many photographic illustrations.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.7 Map of the Delaware River District
1918
1 map, no index
Includes the area from Trenton, New Jersey to Wilmington, Delaware. Scale 1 mile = 15/16 inch.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.8 Licenses
7 March 1908-28 December 1951
1 volume, index
Entries list date, name of company to which license is granted, reason for license (usually the construction, lengthening or widening of piers, the construction of moorings, sheds, bulkheads, or bridges, etc. on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers), license number, date of application, number of letter and of plans filed with the Department of Wharves, Docks and Ferries; names of newspapers in which application advertised and dates, date and place of hearings, costs of advertising and license issuance, and estimated cost of improvements.
This series is continued until 1968 in the 92.9 Monthly Sailings From the Port of Philadelphia
Jan. 1949 - Jan. 1952
36 issues
Issues contain "Philadelphia Facts", sailings from Philadelphia by name of port listed alphabetically with name of shipper and date of sailing, intercoastal sailings, list of foreign consuls in Philadelphia, a directory of the shipping lines, and various news notes.
Missing: March 1950
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
92.10 "News of the Port of Philadelphia"
1949
1 volume
Report issued by the Department of Wharves, Docks & Ferries highlighting advantages of shipping through Philadelphia.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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