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Welland Ship Canal is 27.6 mi (44.4 km) long, in south-east Ontario, Canada. It connects Lake Ontario with Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls. It was built between 1914 and 1932 by Canada, replacing an earlier canal opened in 1829. The Welland can handle the largest ships traversing the Great Lakes, with a minimum depth of 27 ft/8 m). Eight locks overcome a 326-ft (99-m) difference in level between the lakes. This photo was taken at the Lake Ontario entrance, near Port Dalhousie.At the time I was installing a radar on a large iron-ore carrier on a beautiful hot summer day in 1962, with little time for photography.We eventually traversed the canal at night, entering Lake Erie at Port Colborne. The canal is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Taken with an Exakta 35mm. SLR, Kodachrome film, ASA 10, 50mm. Biotar lens.
Slide scanned using a Canoscan 4000US scanner.

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welland ship canal, ontario, canada, great lakes, shipping, st lawrence seaway, george cousins

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What a great view of the Welland, George. I’ve been up that way a number of times and it is an impressive canal system, along with the Rideau. It’s a great pity that they’ve let our local part of the canal system fall into such disrepair.

  • It’s quite a high-traffic affair, when I was on that ship we had to wait several hours just to get our turn, and that was in 1962! It was my first time through it and found it quite fascinating.

    – George Cousins

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Great picture, George!

  • Thanks David, more archives coming to light..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

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