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Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

A Wonderful New Addition

Tout nouveau, tout beau

 
 
A Wonderful New Addition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
1. A Wonderful New Addition Marker
Captions (English / French): (bottom left) Children play near the old abandoned canal, 1907. / Des enfants s’amusent près du vieux canal abandonné, 1907.; (top right) 1825 Canal Width: 48 ft. (14.6 m ) at the surface and 28 ft. (8.5 m) at the bottom. Lock dimensions: 100 ft. (30.5m) long, 20 ft. (6.1m) wide, and 5 ft. (1.5 m) deep. / Largeur du canal: 48 pi (14,6 m) en surface et 28 pi (8,5 m) au fond. Dimensions de écluse: 100 pi (30,5 m) de long, 20 pi (6,1 m) de large et 5 pi (1,5 m) de profondeur.
Inscription. English:
This little branch is all that remains of the first canal of 1825. The low stone walls were added in the 1930s. The lock stood under your feet. The canal subsequently followed the current route to the port of Montreal, located 13.5 kilometres east and 14 metres lower. At the time, it had seven locks: that of Lachine at the upstream entrance, two at Côte-Saint-Paul, one at Saint-Gabriel, and a series of three at the downstream entrance to the port of Montreal. According to canal commissioners this was a feat of engineering more spectacular than anything they has seen before in Canada.

French:
Cet petit bras d’eau s’avère le dernier souvenir du premier canal de 1825. Les murets en pierre ont été ajoutés dans les années 1930. L’écluse se trouvait vos pieds. Le canal suivait ensuite le tracé actue?jusqu’au port de Montréal, situé 13,5 kilomètres plus à l’est et 14 mètres plus bas. Il comptait alors sept écluses: celle de Lachine à l’entrée amont, deux à Côte-Saint-Paul, une à Saint-Gabriel et une série de trois à l’entrée aval, dans le port de Montréal. Au dire des commissaires du canal cet ouvrage de génie surpassait tout ce qu’on avait vu jusqu’alors au Canada.
 
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
 
Location.
A Wonderful New Addition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
2. A Wonderful New Addition Marker
45° 25.885′ N, 73° 40.145′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph just from 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. An Upstream Battle (here, next to this marker); Full Steam Ahead (within shouting distance of this marker); Growing With the Times (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 on a footbridge over the line of the original Lachine Canal.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Lachine Canal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
3. The Lachine Canal
The line of the old Lachine Canal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
4. The line of the old Lachine Canal
 
 
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 263 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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