A Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent Severn Waterway, 1833-1920

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Aug 3, 1998 - Political Science - 472 pages
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The Trent-Severn Waterway took almost ninety years to build, cost over $24 million, and contains some remarkable engineering feats -as well as a few spectacular mistakes. The passage of the first boat through the waterway in July 1920 marked the realization of a dream that was older than the nation itself. The dream was to connect Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay with a navigable watercourse that would be shorter and more protected than the longer route through the Great lakes. In detailing the history of the Trent-Severn Waterway's construction, James Angus provides an intriguing picture of the complex operation of local, provincial, and national politics, showing how the perceptions, intrigues, selfish interests, and national dreams of nineteenth-century politicians led to the construction of a canal that the country could ill-afford.
  

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This book is very interesting if you into this type of history it covers absolutely everything surround the improvement of navigation along the system just a warning it is mainly about the politics behind and does not focous very much on the actual building although some descriptions of engineering trouble and sites are in there  

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Contents

James Bethunes Waterway
3
The Bobcaygeon Lock
14
The Question of Routes
21
Improvements on the Inland Waters
36
Improvements on the River Trent
54
Stoppage of the Works
61
184
67
Hamilton Killaly and the Board of Works
73
The Conversion of Wilfrid Laurier
207
The PeterboroughLakefield Division
221
The Hydraulic Lift Lock
229
The Simcoe Balsam Lake Division
240
R B Rogers
256
Mulocks Madness
275
Hydroelectric Power and the Port Hope Canal
296
The Ontario Rice Lake Division
307

The Timber Slides
88
The Lumbermens Committee
95
The Union Locks
106
1867 96
121
The Ontario Locks
131
A Crucial Debate
143
A Barge Canal
155
Buckhorn Burleigh and Fenelon Falls
167
Tom S Rubidge
181
The Trent Valley Canal Commission
193
1896
205
Kerry and Culverwell
328
The Western Outlet
359
The Port Severn Lock
373
The Marine Railways
385
The Couchiching Lock
398
Appendix
407
Notes
411
Bibliography
433
Index
441
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Respectable Ditch, A
A Respectable Ditch. A History of the Trent Severn Waterway, 1833-1920. James T. Angus. An examination of the politics behind the construction of one of ...
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Trent-Severn Waterway
Suggested Reading James T. Angus, A Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent-Severn Waterway 1833-1920 (1988) and A Work Unfinished: The Making of the ...
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Wallbridge House Publishing
Angus is the author of four books - A Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent Severn Waterway 1833-1920 (1988); A Deo Victoria: The Story of the Georgian ...
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Lakehead University, Canada

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