CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Since May 2010, a film crew from Germany’s national and international ARD broadcast radio, TV and online web service has followed Canadian’s Joyce and Joe Essery, as they travel on their vessel, the Takitez II, from Daytona Beach, Fla., to New York City, via the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). The Essery’s have cruised the Great Loop since last September, and are returning to Ontario, Canada. The AIWW provides pleasure boaters and commercial shippers with a protected inland channel between Norfolk, Va., and Miami, Fla. ARD is producing a travel documentary of the AIWW, which will air in Germany this fall. As they travel the AIWW and meet up with the Essery’s on different occasions to document their journey, they are also interviewing people along the way, and filming the scenic sights unique to the AIWW. Last Wednesday, May 26, the Essery’s made their way through the Dismal Swamp Canal (DSC), a 22-mile stretch of the AIWW, which is managed by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The DSC is the oldest continually operating man-made canal in the United States. Stopping at Deep Creek Lock, the ARD crew filmed “snowbirds” traveling the AIWW and interviewed Corps lock masters Robert Peek and George Brazil, along with George Ramsey, DSC Society historian, to learn more about the rich history of the DSC.