Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
Full Steam Ahead
Grandir à toute vapeur
Barely 20 years after its opening, the canal was no longer up to the task, unable to accommodate larger ships. It was widened for the first time in 1843 to 1848 in one of a series of large-scale projects ordered by the Colonial Office of London. England hoped to curb the unemployment and depression resulting from the political and economic crises of the previous decade.
The government of United Canada was tasked with coordinating the ambitious program to improve navigation on the St. Lawrence. In addition to enlarging the Lachine Canal, the small military canals were replaced by the Beauharnois Canal. The Cornwall and Williamsburg canals were built, as was the second Welland Canal. This gigantic undertaking was all the more urgent seeing as the Americans held an increasing share of the Great Lakes market, thanks to the Erie Canal.
À peine 20 ans après son inauguration, le canal ne suffit pas à la tâche en ne correspond plus au gabarit des navires. Il es donc agrandi une première fois, entre 1843 et 1848. Cette initiative s’inscrit dans une série des grands travaux commandes par le Colonial Office de Londres. L’Angleterre désire ainsi enrayer le chômage et la dépression résultant des crises politique et économiques de la décennie précédent.
Le gouvernement du Canada-Uni
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 45° 25.866′ N, 73° 40.136′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph near Chemin du Musée, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, Quebec H8S 2M1, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Growing With the Times (here, next to this marker); An Upstream Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); A Wonderful New Addition (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lachine Canal (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Frances Anne Hopkins (approx. half a kilometer away); The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine (approx. half a kilometer away); Lachine: Gateway to the Northwest (approx. half a kilometer away); Lachine Massacre (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lachine.
More about this marker. This marker is across the canal from the Lachine Canal Visitors Center.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.