Watchings at the Welland

We spent a couple hours at the Welland Canal today, watching boats drift and slosh their way along a watery staircase from one great lake to another. And I mean boats:

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That’s the Algomarine, freshly upbound from Lock 3 where we joined a small crowd at the viewing platform. Once clear of the lock it sailed upstream and under the Glendale lift bridge on its way to Lake Erie. It soon passed the warmly christened St. Marys Cement II, which arrived at the lock shortly:

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It was coffee time for seagulls and sailors alike:

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There are no pumps that power the eight locks; just a great deal of water that wants to flow from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, wildly over the escarpment if it could. Tunnels connect each section of canal to the next, and it’s simply by opening and closing these tunnels that the locks fill from above or drain to below. Wikipedia has a cross-section of the canal that shows how it works. It also shows that the ships really do climb the mountain, just like the town slogan of Thorold says:

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Away go twenty million gallons of water, and the St. Marys Cement II descends another shipstep toward Lake Ontario.

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Never was a ship so fairly sent:

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The departing freighter, the viewing platform, and cutting across the yonder expanse, St. Catharines’ Garden City Skyway:

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The man-child clambers upon what was once the wheel of a lift bridge:

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The ripening fruit of the autumn harvest, and her dad:

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One thought on “Watchings at the Welland

  1. Thanks! 🙂 I quite enjoyed that!
    I also learned something! I had not known the levels of the water in each lock was raised by tunnels of inflowing water rather than by means of pumps!

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