PortandTerminal.com, January 11, 2021
OTTAWA – Today’s Maritime Image of the Day is a wintery painting by Canadian artist George Broomfield (1906-1992) of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada.
The oldest continuously operated canal in North America, the Rideau Canal locks played an integral role in the settlement and industrial establishment of Ottawa. Established in 1832, the locks connect the city of Ottawa, to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston and were opened as a precaution in the event of war with the United States.
An invaluable access point to Ontario, the locks could serve as both a thoroughfare and blockade in the event of conflict.
As the lumber industry bourgeoned in Upper Canada, the lock systems played another vital role. As raw lumber was sent down the Saint Lawrence from rural Quebec and Ontario logging communities, the logs would be corralled at the north opening of the locks and raised up to and down the Rideau canal to transport the lumber into the province for milling and refinement. Today, the lock system is used primarily for pleasure boating and is operated by Parks Canada.
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