Freighter Frontenac being towed by the tug, Ohio, ca. 1965. The ship has just passed under the Ohio Street Bridge.
By the mid-1800s, shipping businesses were looking for additional access points to the Buffalo Harbor. Once completed, the City Ship Canal was immediately successful.
The "idlers" in the foreground are holding down part of the Atlantic Wharf on the north side of the Buffalo River between the Evans Slip and the Commercial Slip.