From the President
By David G. Barber
One of the sections of the internet that is most
interesting is Youtube. The movies, that is. Some of the commentary in the
background is less that worthless and needs to be ignored. But, if you want to
visit canal sites that are a long drive away, it’s very useful.
In northern Florida, you can lock through Buckman lock at
the east end of the abandoned Cross Florida Barge Canal or view a 2009 video by
Bergman Associates of the proposed construction of a small lock at Inglis at the
canal’s west end. If you search carefully, there is also a boat navigating up to
the downstream gates of Eureka Lock, although the lock is not identified.
Another video takes you on the dry roadway under the
River Bridge at
Eureka, which was to span the canal just upstream
of the Eureka Lock. That video begins showing (but not identifying) the wooden
guide walls under the bridge that were to direct tows into the lock. Views into
the lock are obscured by trees. Another video, by Ranger boats, begins at this
bridge and goes downstream on the
River to Rodman Lake
through many curves at 65 miles per hour. I’m not sure that those who fought the
canal had high speed boats in mind. A little upstream of Eureka, you can lock through the Moss Bluff
Lock in either kayaks or personal water craft.
In northern Michigan, there are videos locking through
the locks at Cheboygan and Alanson as well as the Alanson swing bridge. In Madison, WI,
you can lock through the Tenney Lock. In
Maine, videos show the operation of the Songo River Lock
as well as the swing bridges on either side. Videos also show the Charles River
and Mystic River Locks in Boston, MA.
In New York, there are videos of the lower of
the Saranac River locks, but I haven’t found one of
the upper lock.
Of course, the longer waterways such as the St. Lawrence
Seaway, the Welland
Canal, various locks on the upper Mississippi River have videos. I have also found videos of
the Chicago Harbor Lock and of the Thomas J. O'Brien Lock on the Calumet River. There are videos of the Rideau
Waterway and the Trent Severn Waterway and especially of the Kirkfield and
Peterborough Lift Locks and the Big Chute Marine Railway.
Furthermore, you can also go overseas and cruise on various
parts of the English canal system. For those interested in
New Jersey’s Morris
Canal, there are videos of the inclined
planes of Poland’s Elblag
which was modeled after the Morris.
If you are interested in a little disaster, there are
several versions of a video showing the bridge and upper works of the ship,
Windoc on the Welland Canal striking the vertical lift Bridge
#11 at Allanburg on 11 Aug 2001 when the bridge was lowered while the ship was
passing below. The ship catches fire after the collision. Apparently, no one was
injured. If the bridge had started down just a few moments earlier, the results
might have been much worse, especially for the bridge operator.