The Delaware River (Lenape: Lënapei Sipu) is a major river on the Atlantic coast of the United States first mapped by a Dutch expedition led by Henry Hudson in 1609. The river was christened the South River in the New Netherland colony that followed, in contrast to the North River, as the Hudson River was then known. The name Delaware, for Sir Thomas West 3rd Baron De La Warr, was used by the English and became standard following the English conquest of New Netherland in 1664.
The river meets tide-water at Trenton, New Jersey. The mean tides below Philadelphia are about 6 feet (1.8 m). Its total length, from the head of the longest branch to Cape May and Cape Henlopen, is 419 miles (674 km), while above the head of Delaware Bay its length is 388 miles (624 km). The length of the main stem of the river alone, to the head of Delaware Bay, is 301 miles (484 km). The mean freshwater discharge of the Delaware River into the estuary is 11,550 cubic feet (330 m³) per second.
The Delaware River constitutes part of the boundary between Pennsylvania and New York, the entire boundary between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and most of the boundary between Delaware and New Jersey. The Delaware-New Jersey border is actually at the easternmost river shoreline within the Twelve-Mile Circle of New Castle, rather than mid-river or mid-channel borders, causing small portions of land lying west of the shoreline, but on the New Jersey side of the river, to fall under the jurisdiction of Delaware. The rest of the borders follow a mid-channel approach.
The Delaware River is one of nineteen "Great Waters" recognized by the America's Great Waters Coalition.
Other articles related to "delaware river, delaware, river":
... Forts Ferry Crossing is a ferry system on the Delaware River which serves Forts DuPont and Delaware in Delaware and Fort Mott in New Jersey ... serves the three points, is operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority ... It is the last crossing of the Delaware River the next crossing is the Delaware Bay ...
... Delaware River Port Authority Police Department Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor ...
... promoted to colonel, with charge of Fort Mercer, New Jersey, on the Delaware River near the Gloucester County town of Red Bank (now National Park, New Jersey), south of Philadelphia and Trenton ... its Pennsylvania counterpart, Fort Mifflin, had the mission of defending the Delaware River against British naval movements on the river ... by gunfire from six British men-o-war in the Delaware River, they were repulsed with heavy loss, and von Donop was mortally wounded ...
... County Bridge Commission Burlington-Bristol Bridge Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge Interstate 78 Toll Bridge ...
... A number of oil spills have taken place in the Delaware over the years. 01-31-1975 — 11,000,000 US gallons (42,000 m3) of crude oil spilled from the Corinthos tanker 09-28-1985 — 435,000 US gallons (1,650 m3) of crude oil spilled from the Grand Eagle tanker after running aground on Marcus Hook Bar 06-24-1989 — 306,000 US gallons (1,160 m3) of crude oil spilled from the Presidente Rivera tanker after running aground on Claymont Shoal 11-26-2004 — 265,000 US gallons (1,000 m3) of crude oil spilled from the Athos 1 tanker the tanker's hull had been punctured by a submerged, discarded anchor ...
Famous quotes containing the word river:
“But not luck
brought us here. By design
clear air and cold wind polish
the river lights, by design
we are to live now in a new place.”
—Denise Levertov (b. 1923)