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Canapitsit Channel Navigation Project

Canapitsit Channel in Gosnold runs between the Elizabeth Islands of Nashawena (on the east) and Cuttyhunk (on the west). Used by fishing boats and recreational craft, Canapitsit Channel connects the waters of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay.

The project, completed in 1898, consists of a six-foot-deep channel extending 800 feet from Vineyard Sound to Buzzards Bay. The width of the channel at Vineyard Sound is 350 feet and gradually narrows to 150 feet at Buzzards Bay.