Waterway Locks, Planes and Lifts: 2nd Welland Canal River Lock at Port Robinson
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
N 43° 02.395 W 079° 12.538
17T E 645891 N 4766804
Quick Description: At what was once a significant location for shipping in Niagara, now just a remnant of its former glory.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:35:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM3V60
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

According to Welland Canal History

The second Welland Canal also ran from Port Dalhousie to Port Robinson in a southern direction and on through the towns of Welland and Port Colborne to Lake Erie. The building of a larger second Welland Canal was necessary due to the increase use of the waterway by large ships. Construction on the canal began in 1842. The canal project was now under the jurisdiction of the government of Canada, who had purchased the canal from the Welland Canal Company one year prior to the expansion. The new canal reduced the number of lift locks to 27 and extended the length between locks from 33.5 meters to 45.7 meters. The locks themselves were made of limestone and increased in width from 6.7 meters to 8.1 meters. The canal's depth was also increased to 2.7 meters and later by 1853 to 3.1 meters.

The Port Robinson of today is a quiet small village, with a fire hall, post office, mason hall and restaurant. There is also the only ferry in Niagara which is used by pedestrians to cross the Welland Canal after Bridge 12 was hit by the Steeltown in 1974. This was a loss of $20 million dollars.

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Waterway Name: Welland Canal (the Second Canal)

Connected Points:
From Port Dalhousie to Port Robinson


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 01/01/1854

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Remnants

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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