Houston Ship Channel celebrated its 100th birthday on Monday. The special centennial event was held on the west lawn of Brady's Landing and was attended by major officials.
The ceremony was also attended by Katherine Lee Stacy, the great-great-granddaughter of the woman who originally christened the channel (Miss Sue Campbell). Katherine Lee Stacy rededicated the channel saying:
"I christen thee Port of Houston, and hitherto the boats of all nations may come and receive hearty welcome."
The works on the waterway were finished in September 1914, but it was officially open in November with President Woodrow Wilson in attendance. Since then, the Houston Ship Channel has become one of the busiest in the world waterways.
The channel, which stretches from the Gulf of Mexico, through Galveston Bay and into the Port of Houston, serves more than 8,300 vessel per year. It is continuing to grow and it expected that it will welcome the largest vessels ever constructed by next year.