Our speaker today was Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator for the City of St. Catharines. She spoke to us about the construction of the Welland Ship Canal, which is the fourth canal built, and the men who gave their lives to help realize this massive engineering undertaking. It took from 1913 to 1935 to build the canal and its eight locks, with a pause between 1916-1919 for WWI. The canal carries about 3,000 ships which carry about 40,000,000 tons of cargo a year. The photos she showed gave us a very good idea of the difficulties the workers faced carving their way through the escarpment to get the canal from Port Weller to Port Colborne.
Join us for our final luncheon April 12th at noon. Call Jo Shapiro 416-622-2421 to make a reservation. Our entertainment will be K2, a young dynamic vocal duo.