Ottawa Waterway : Gateway to a Continent. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed

By: LEGGET, Robert

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LEGGET, Robert. Ottawa Waterway : Gateway to a Continent. Toronto and Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, (1975). First Edition. Pp (9),x-xi, (3),[3]-291, (1). Illustrated. Maps. 8vo, navy cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Robert Ferguson Legget (b. September 29, 1904, Liverpool, England - d. April17, 1994, Ottawa, Ontario). "The mighty river that flows through the capit al of Canada was called the 'Grand River of the North' by the first French explorers, before they even knew of the existence of the Great Lakes which are part of the St Lawrence waterway today. The Ottawa is still a great river, despite the changes made by man, and contributes on a vast scale to theindustry, commerce, and amenities of the region. In this book, Robert Legg et tells how the river basin was formed geologically in prehistoric times, and how it has been used by explorers, missionaries, fur traders, lumbermen, settlers, travellers, and industry for more than 250 years. He describes the river as it appeared, with its spectacular rapids, waterfalls, and gorges, to those who voyaged on it in birchbark canoes (very often reproducing these vivid and picturesque accounts), and the major role it played in the development of the fur trade.Then came the heyday of the timber industry, when huge rafts of logs cut from the forests bordering tributary streams were floated downriver to Montreal. Dr Legget describes the building of early canals and the great days of steamboating, when one luxurious vessel could carry a thousand passengers up the river to the capital, Famous pioneer personalities are brought to life, and curious and fascinating incidents are related , including Royal visits by water. He brings the story up to date byshowing how the river has been turned to the use and convenience ot man by vast power developments, and concludes by taking the reader on a tour ot t he river today, indicating the best sites for viewing the scenery and how these may be reached by road, ferry, and rail." from the dj 1. The Waterway;2. The Setting; 3. Canoes on the Ottawa (pp 31-71); 4.Travellers' Tales; 5 . Lumbering on the Ottawa (pp 100-132); 6. Canals and Steamboats (pp 133-175); 7. Settlement on the Ottawa; 8. The River Today . Appendix: Sir George Simpson's Account of the Ottawa Waterway (pp.256-262) . With references, bibliography and index. Very good in spine-sunned dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Legget, May 6, 1986. 45.00

Title: Ottawa Waterway : Gateway to a Continent. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed

Author Name: LEGGET, Robert

Categories: 888,

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto and Buffalo, 1975,:

Seller ID: 14926

Keywords: NAUTICAL RIVERS TRANSPORTATION CANADA OTTAWA CANADIAN TRANSPORT HISTORY QUEBEC ONTARIO,