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Welland Canal Winter time

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  1. Rodger

    Rodger Senior Member

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    Attached are several photos of the Welland Canal the most people never see...especially those Captains from the South! The Welland Canal is 30 miles long and the first 7 miles from Lake Ontario are drained during the winter for maintenance. Pictures from Lock 1 to Bridge 4 are included in this post. The balance from Bridge 4 to Lock 7 are in the next post.

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  2. Rodger

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    Attached are the winter photos from Bridge 4 to Lock 7. Enjoy!

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    Welland Canal - Opening Day

    The Welland Canal opens for the navigation season in mid-March each year. For those "Southern" Captains, if you think some of the debris in the Canal causes you problems during the summer, how would you like to navigate through this stuff! At least there would be plenty of ice for your cocktails!!
    The Welland Canal locks are 80 feet wide - the ship is 78 feet wide...not a lot of space for all the ice. To get into the lock, the ship must come part way into the lock until the lock is filled with ice. Then the ship must back out so they can close the gates and dump the lock to flush the ice out. The lock is then re-filled and the ship is brought in. Just image how long a passage this makes!!

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  4. NYCAP123

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    Facinating!:)
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    Agreed, thanks for posting them.
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    great post. thanks
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    that's why I like this place, I never knew that.
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    Thanks Rodger.

    So much better to go through in the warmer season. Great pictures. I did not realize they drained so much to maintain the whole system. It would be interesting to see 4-6 with no water, and the gates open.

    A special appreciation for your guidance through the locks over the years. Our friends Dave and Linda Tuls appreciated your attention in August while fulfilling their Loop return to MIchigan.

    Note YF members; give Rodger St Amand a PM if you need to transit the Welland.
  9. Capt J

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    Wow, it looks like such a piddly stream when drained. I've been through twice. Very cool photo's especially the freightor. Was that the last one through before they closed for the winter? I've seen one go through on the lock that has 2 sides, and it barely fit in there......was really neat.
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    Thanks for posting!
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    Very cool, and educational. Thanks for posting.
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    Very interesting photos. I never knew they drained the canal each winter for maintenance, though that makes sense. Thanks for posting them.

    Coincidentally, the locks on the Snake and Columbia rivers are now closed for maintenance for up to 14 weeks. Normally they are open all winter but the downstream gates on four of the locks are being replaced. All commercial and recreational river traffic that has to pass through the locks has been halted until about mid-March.
  13. Rodger

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    Welland Canal - Ship stuck in ice in lock 7

    The following photos detail the troubles of the Federal Kivalina, a salty from Hong Kong that got stuck in ice at Lock 7 of the Welland Canal. The ship was loaded with 26,000 tonnes of grain (equal to 300 railroad box cars) and was stuck for approximately 30 hours before it could be freed. As you can see from the pictures, it took a huge effort to free her. The tugs were unable to get the job done until ice was removed by a back hoe and melted with the help of steam generators.

    The Welland Canal is 30 miles long and runs between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with total lift of 326 feet. This is accomplished with 8 locks, the first seven locks are located in the first seven miles of the canal south of Lake Ontario. Each of these locks have a lift 46.5 feet, take 12 minutes to fill and hold 21 million imperial gallons per fill. Lock 8, located at the Lake Erie end of the canal, is a control lock with a lift varying between 2 and 5 feet.

    The locks, which are 80 feet wide, can handle ships up to 78 feet wide, 740 feet long with a draft up to 26.5 feet. The Welland Canal operates from March 25 to December 30 each year.

    A fully loaded ships pays approximately $23,000 to transit the canal.

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  14. Capt J

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    And I felt $200 for a yacht was expensive. hehehe