PhotoHunter: “Nautical”

Galop Canal

Galop Canal


Galop Canal

Galop Canal

Old Locks, Galop Canal

Old Locks, Galop Canal

Ice formations, Galop Canal

Ice formations, Galop Canal

Bollard, Galop Canal

Bollard, Galop Canal

The Galop Canal, situated between Iroquois and Johnstown (birthplace of the McIntosh apple), Ontario, along the St. Lawrence River, was built in 1845 to bypass rapids which prevented ships from navigating up the St. Lawrence to Kingston and beyond. The locks were expanded and improved in 1897. The canal was 800 feet long making it, at this time, the longest canals in Canada.

By the 1950s, the grand project to build the St. Lawrence Seaway was underway and the Galop Canal was deepened to allow the great “lakers”, vessels carrying cargo to and from the Great Lakes. By 1958, however, the Seaway project was completed, the Galop became unnecessary, and was partially inundated by the rising Seaway waters.

The canal is a last vestage of the Canada’s burgeoning inland water trade on a grand scale and, ultimately, a victim of its success…


Incidentally, the first two shots were taken last weekend and the last three were taken Easter weekend, 2007.

I might have used this photo, if it wasn’t a photo taken by someone else. That is me, aged… 5(?).. on the left in the yellow swim suit (which I still remember 40-odd years later!). You can see my “excellent” posture hasn’t improved at all…

At Melody Lodge

At Melody Lodge



  1. mudhooks said,

    February 19, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Sadly, it wouldn’t have done me any good. This was the days before digital and before cellphones had cameras in them (and before most people had one).

  2. azahar said,

    February 19, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Really nice, mudhooks.

    You should get a mobile phone with a camera for “emergencies”. I got a free one last month with points I had stored up. And often you get free ones if you switch companies. The quality isn’t very good, but maybe better than missing a perfect photo moment.

  3. mudhooks said,

    February 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you!

  4. February 15, 2009 at 3:05 am

    History is wonderful – especially when it is presented as well as this.

    And the posture looks quite comfortable 🙂

  5. February 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I love the canal pictures. That really is a bygone era. You can almost imagine the ships with goods moving through those canals. Great pictures.

  6. gen/entry said,

    February 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Looks really interesting..happy weekend and valentines Day too. TC

  7. Anna said,

    February 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful shots!! And I love the story 🙂

    Happy Valentine!

    Mine is up too! 🙂

  8. mudhooks said,

    February 14, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Re: the ice formations… Once, on my way to work, crossing a very busy bridge over the Ottawa River, I looked down between the two lanes and into the circa 1850s foundations of the E.B. Eddy mill and saw formations like this… Only they were bigger. They looked exactly like crystal Christmas balls… hollow and glistening in the sun. Sadly, I had no camera and the section of the road is inaccessible to foot traffic. No way to get a photograph and a day or so later, they had melted…

  9. JC said,

    February 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I checked out some of your cemetery shots… very cool! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. JC said,

    February 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I love the ice formations and all in all an interesting post! Great shots!

  11. philos said,

    February 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Wow! Beautiful shots! And I love the history too… excellent entry! 🙂

  12. YTSL said,

    February 14, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Who says gray can’t be beautiful? Great shots! 🙂

  13. Aileni said,

    February 14, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Good post, very informative.

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