Name / Description

Delaware Bay

Type

Banks, Bays and Sounds

Discoverer

Henry Hudson

Part of / Flows into

Atlantic Ocean; fed by Delaware River

Sovereignty

US (Penn/NJ/Delaware)

Additional Notes

entrance bet. Cape Henlopen, Del. (SW), and Cape May, N.J. (NE), is 12 miles wide; bay expands to 25 miles just inside entrance, tapers to c.7 miles to NW to become Delaware River estuary. Intracoastal Waterway traverses length of bay, from Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, which enters Delaware R. from W, to canal crossing Cape May. Western side site of port towns Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware.

Related Images

delawarebay1667.jpg
Detail from 1667 chart of northeast coast of North America by Dutch cartographer

delaware_bay-des_barres.jpg
Part of Des Barres' Atlantic Neptune series of North American charts

Related People

Hudson, Henry