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LEGGET, Robert. Ottawa River Canals and the Defence of British North America. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, (1988). First Edition. Pp (12),-308. Illustrations, tables, maps in the text. 8vo, blue cloth, silver lettering to spine.
Robert Ferguson Legget (b. September 29, 1904, Liverpool, England - d. April 17, 1994, Ottawa, Ontario).
From the author of Rideau Waterway, an examination of the canals constructed by the Royal Staff Corps of the British army between Kingston and Montreal in the years following the War of 1812. The book traces the subsequent fate of these canals up to the 1960s.
"Three small canals with locks were built from 1819 to 1834 between Carillon and Grenville, Quebec, by the Royal Staff Corps of the British army. Their purpose was to provide a navigable waterway on the Ottawa River around the Long Sault and associated rapids, which had a total drop of about sixty feet. The canals constituted a vital part of a military route between Montreal and Kingston, well north of the US border - a need recognized following the War of 1812. The rest of that route - the better known Rideau Canal - could not be used until these were built. The Ottawa River canals were in constant use, every summer, for over 120 years. Long after their original defensive function became obsolete they were used in commercial shipping and later by pleasure craft. In 1963 the canals were replaced by an electrically operated liftlock in the Carillon Dam of Hydro-Québec.Robert Legget describes the historical background, construction, operation, and reconstruction of the canals." - from the dj.
Contents : The Ottawa River canals.
1. Prologue: Wars and rumours of wars.
2. Montreal to Kingston: The alternative route.
3. The Grenville Canal: The start.
4. The Grenville Canal: 1820-7.
5. The Grenville Canal: 1827-34.
6. Chute à Blondeau, Carillon, and Ste Anne-de-Bellevue.
7. Under the British flag: 1834-56.
8. The Ottawa River canals under Canada: 1856-1962.
9. Epilogue: The canals today.
A. The Royal Staff Corps in Canada.
B. Records of Royal Staff Corps personnel.
C. Trade on the Ottawa River canals.
D. The Georgian Bay Ship Canal.
Very good in dustjacket. 35.00
Title: Ottawa River Canals and the Defence of British North America. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto , 1988, ISBN:0802057942: 1988
ISBN Number: 0802057942
ISBN Number 13: 9780802057945
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