Saturday, April 15, 2017

Welland Canal

Actually, there were four Welland Canals because navigating down the Niagara Escarpment that creates the Niagara Falls was very important before railroads were developed. Boats had to descend 326 feet [WellandLibrary] from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The following table that summarizes the canals is from WellandCanal-history. Please reference that link for details concerning the canals.

Welland Canal Facts First
Canal
(1829)
Second
Canal
(1845)
Third
Canal
(1887)
Fourth
Canal
(1932)
Number Of Locks 40 27 26 8
Width Of Locks 6.7m 8.1m 13.7m 24.4m
Length Of Locks 33.5m 45.7m 82.3m 261.8m
Depth Of Canal 2.4m 2.7m 4.3m 8.2m

Converting the numbers for the Fourth Canal from meters to feet gives us 859' x 80' x 27', which we can compare to the St. Lawrence Seaway that was built in 1959 at 740' x 78' x 26.5'. [Canal Dimensions] The current depth of the canal has been increased to 30'.

WellandCanal-location
Satellite images: Lock 1, Lock 2, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre and Lock 3, Twin Flight Locks (Locks 4-6), Lock 7, and Lock 8.

GreatLakes-Seaway
[This reference has maps of all four canals and some more pictures of today's canal.]
Screenshot from video posted by Mohamed Seghir Lahdiri
Welland Canal
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