Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Saint Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence River Seaway is a system of canals, locks and channels in the United States and Canada. Ocean vessels are able to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the interior of the United States through the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes as far as Duluth, Minnesota. Each year, more than three billion dollars of goods pass through the seaway, right in front many of the tiny Thousand Islands, providing goods to inland communities. As a co-national waterway owned by both Canada and the U.S., the two nations gain much by maintaining the seaway.

In 1872, before the seaway was built, a system of disconnected locks and canals made travel along the St. Lawrence River difficult, allowing only smaller vessels beyond Montreal, Canada. Over time, the locks and canals were enlarged to provide passage for larger and larger vessels, and in the 1890s, binational proposals envisioned a deep seaway for the growing size of ocean-going ships.

By the 1890s, the first proposals for a binational comprehensive deep waterway along the Saint Lawrence were made, and in the years to come hydropower was added to the plans. World War I slowed the progress, but in the 1920s, plans resumed.

The seaway along the St. Lawrence River was the most difficult section to deal with. Though there are sections of the river that is easy to navigate, other sections require a number of locks and canals co-managed by Canada and the U.S. In May 1957, the Connecting Channels Project began. Two years later, the seaway opened, allowing large, deep-draft ocean-going ships to bring important goods to the interior of the two countries.

Sitting on the veranda of Casa Blanca or on the patio of Pullman Island, today these massive ships tower over the islands as they pass by just yards from the islands. Indeed, the St. Lawrence Seaway brings people, goods, and an awesome sight to Americans and Canadians alike.

Have you experienced the St. Lawrence Seaway? I’d love to know. Leave your answer or comments on the post below and join me on April 19th for my next post.

About Reagan’s Reward:

Reagan Kennedy assumes the position of governess to the Bernheim family’s twin nephews, and her life at Cherry Island’s Casa Blanca becomes frustratingly complicated. Service to a Jewish family and tending to eight-year-old mischievous boys brings trouble galore.

Daniel Lovitz serves as the island’s caretaker and boatman. When he tries to help the alluring Reagan make sense of her new world, her insecurities mount as her confidence is shaken―especially when she crosses the faith divide and when Etta Damsky makes her life miserable. As trouble brews, Daniel sees another side of the woman he’s come to love.

A finalist in the 2020 Selah Awards, Reagan's Reward will touch your heart.

About Susan G Mathis

Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has seven in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, and her newest, Colleen’s Confession, with Peyton’s Promise and Rachel’s Reunion coming soon. She is also a published author of two premarital books, two children's picture books, seven stories in compilation books, and hundreds of published articles. Find out more at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting. I never have seen the St. Lawrence Seaway. I have so enjoyed your posts about this area that I'm wondering about a possible road trip out that way.