"The Rideau Canal Locks" Ottawa Locks Tip by pieter_jan_v
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The Ottawa locks at the beginning of the Rideau canal consists of 8 locks that takes ships up 24.1 meters from the Ottawa River upto theRideau canal.
These locks were build in the early 19th century in the middle of the wilderness. The reason the locks had to be build was that the Rideau River ends in twin falls at the Ottawa River, with a fall of 9.1 meters.
In 1826 the works started for building the Locks by Colonel By. First trees had to be cleared.
John Pennefeather was awarded the contract in April 1827 to do the excavation work for the locks. More contracts followed.
In 1828 the work was stopped, because a new decision was made that would allow steamboats to use the locks. In June of that year the Kempt Committee decided that locks would measure 134 feet (40.8 m) long by 33 feet (10.1 m) wide.
So, a part of the workks had to be modified and eight "locks "in flight" were constructed.
In September 1831 the steamboat Union was the first vessel to pass through the Ottawa locks.
Passing the locks takes 1.5 hours.
Directions: Between Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill in the centre of Ottawa.
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