This was an event filled week, with work, completions, and new experiences galore.
After leaving Peterborough, we went through twenty some more locks, including Kirkfield, which is the little sister to Peterborough, with the exception that we were now going down instead of up, so I tried to nuzzle the boat as close to the edge as I could, so I could get a good picture looking down, MB is afraid of heights, and she had control of the bow line, so I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked. It was still an amazing picture, looking 45 feet straight down from a Pan of water.
We also went through Big Chute Lock, which is not really a lock, it is a railway car. It was built in 1907. At the time, it was cheaper to build it that way than a regular lock. Since then, it has been kept that way to keep the Lamprey Eel from getting into the Trent Severn System. There was a new rail car put in service around 1977, but the old one is still workable, and still used at times (when the new one is out of commission).
Since our boat was out of the water, I requested permission to inspect my hull due to the rock issue in Mont Louis, although I was not allowed to exit the boat, the lock employees (the pick of the litter to organize and operate this lock) checked out the hull for me, and says it’s still in excellent condition. Whew!!
We finished Lock 45 on the Trent Severn on Friday, July 25th (Tina’s Birthday!).
We pulled into Midland (Bayport Marine) where our mast was waiting for us. We stepped it on Saturday (in between thunderstorms) and hoisted our sails Sunday morning. We inflated our dingy, and are now ready to sail!
There is a seminar for Loopers in Penetanguishene Monday and Tuesday, so we have yet to decide if we are heading up the Georgian Bay Monday, or wait until after the seminar.
We went through McDonalds Cut on the Trent Severn, which was hand cut in 1905 through solid granite with no machinery. I included a picture of it; the effort to build this entire Trent Severn was astronomical at the time. I don’t believe we could hire folks to build it the same way today.
We’ve had a great journey since Montreal, now we are on a new leg, where we can sail for five to six weeks to Chicago. We will be entering the US, and visiting with my cousin in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Love to All,
Joe & MB Amelia
S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold”