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The CARONDELET CANAL, also known as the OLD BASIN CANAL, was a canal in New Orleans
New Orleans
, Louisiana
Louisiana
, U.S.A., operating from 1794 into the 1920s – or nearly 135 years. It ceased to be navigable in 1927 and was filled in 1938. Carondelet Canal
Canal
turning basin in the early 20th century This drainage canal, in use in the early 21st century, in back of a Broad Street pumping station near St. Louis Street, is a surviving remnant of the old Carondelet Canal.

Construction of the canal began in June 1794, on the orders of Governor of Louisiana
Louisiana
, Baron Carondelet , for whom the canal was named. The 1.6 mile-long canal started at Bayou St. John
Bayou St. John
, which connected with Lake Pontchartrain
Lake Pontchartrain
, and went inland to what was then the back edge of New Orleans, behind the French Quarter
French Quarter
in the Tremé neighborhood. The first shallow, narrow version of the canal was completed by the end of 1794. Over the next two years, further work made the canal wider and deeper. It served dual purposes of storm water drainage and facilitating shipping .

After the United States
United States
' purchase of Louisiana
Louisiana
, James Pitot worked to promote improvements of the canal. Starting in 1805, the ORLEANS NAVIGATION COMPANY improved the Canal