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History of the Atlantic Coast Waterways

COURSE NO: C10-004
COURSE PROVIDER: Robert Steelhammer, P.E.
History of the Atlantic Coast Waterways
Note: New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the national waterways of the Atlantic coast.  The history of the waterway is discussed from early America to present day.  The history of the waterways and how they facilitated westward expansion is discussed.  Many corporations have located their facilities along the waterway for easy shipping.


Early in the sixteenth century, only a few decades after Columbus accidentally discovered America, European navigators began sailing into the Atlantic coastal waters of the future United States. The search for the Northwest Passage never shortened passage to the East, but it added vastly to European knowledge of North American geography and helped open the way for colonization. American waterways now took on a more vital purpose. No longer merely imagined avenues to riches beyond, they became the essential highways for the new settlements.


This 10 PDH online course is applicable to civil, mechanical, and control systems engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the Atlantic Coast Waterways.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the history of the first explorations of the East Coast
  • Learning how the waterways along the Atlantic development of early colonies
  • Learning about the development of canals as transportations routes
  • Learning about the development of the Atlantic Waterways from early exploration to the modern era
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the USACE publication titled, “History of the Waterways of the Atlantic Coast of the United States”, as part of the National Waterways Study conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Water Resources Support Center, Institute of Water Resources, January 1983.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
History of the Atlantic Coast Waterways (4.4 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifty (50) questions to earn 10 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USACE publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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