$6 million have been called
On this day in 1928 an Associated Press story stated that the US Government was going to pay off the first $6,000,000 of the bonds debt accrued when the US took over the project.
The government had taken over ownership from the "Boston, Cape Cod and New York Canal Company" when the project's future was threatened due to shipping companies avoiding it because of its shallow depth and frequent groundings.
But it took the enormous losses to shipping offshore during the first World War (1914-1918) to force enough traffic through the canal to make it profitable.
German U-boats sunk over 500 Allied ships at the loss of 178 submarines.
The General Court of Massachusetts considered the first formal proposal to build the canal in 1697.
1915 painting above depicts the sinking of the Lusitania by the German U-Boat U 20 on May 7, 1915. The sinking caused a storm of protest in the United States, as 128 Americans were among the dead. It also influenced the decision by the US to declare war in 1917. Wiki Commons image.