Table 5 - Water: 1999 Data (unless noted)

Table 5 - Water: 1999 Data (unless noted)

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U.S.-flag fleet

    Great Lakes: 674 vessels,1 57 billion ton-miles (domestic commerce)2

    Inland: 33,970 vessels,1 305 billion ton-miles (domestic commerce)2

    Ocean: 7,122 vessels,1 293 billion ton-miles (domestic commerce)2

    Recreational boats: 12.6 million numbered boats3 (1998)

Commercial facilities4

    Great Lakes: 619 deep-draft, 144 shallow-draft

    Inland: 2,376 shallow-draft

    Ocean: 4,050 deep-draft, 2,118 shallow-draft

1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Water Resources Support Center, Waterborne Transportation Lines of the United States: Calendar Year 1999 (Fort Belvoir, VA: 2000), also available at, as of April 2001.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Water Resources Support Center, Waterborne Commerce of the United States 1999 (Fort Belvoir, VA: 2001). Domestic ton-miles include commerce among the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island, and the U.S. Trust Territories. Domestic total does not include cargo carried on general ferries, coal and petroleum products loaded from shore facilities directly into bunkers of vessels for fuel, transport of less than 100 tons of government materials on government-owned equipment in support of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects. Fish are also excluded from internal (inland) domestic traffic.
U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Statistics-1998 (Washington, DC: 2000).
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, Geographic Distribution of U.S. Waterway Facilities, available at, as of January 2001.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2000 (Washington, DC: 2001).