An Upstream Battle

An Upstream Battle (HM1K6D)

Location: Montréal, Québec H8S 4H3 Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal
Country: Canada

N 45° 25.884', W 73° 40.144'

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In the early 19th century, navigators could avoid the rapids between Lake St. Louis and Lake St. François by using a number of small canals built by the military around 1780. Nothing of the sort allowed navigators to bypass the Lachine Rapids.

In 1815, the government of Lower Canada sponsored a study aimed at building a canal on Montreal Island, but implementation was delayed. Four years later, a group of businessmen led by John Richardson took over the project and formed the Company of the Proprietors of the Lachine Canal. Unable to sell enough shares to finance the project, the company was forced to withdraw. Under mounting pressure from merchants, the government finally relaunched the project. A ceremony marking the start of work was held in Lachine on July 17, 1821. The canal was officially inaugurated on August 24, 1824. However, it was not navigable along its entire length until the following year.

Au début de XIXᵉ siècle, les navigateurs pouvaient éviter les rapides entre les lacs Saint-Louis et Saint-François, en empruntant quelques petites canaux construits par les militaires vers 1780. Rein de tel n'existait pour contourner les rapides de Lachine.

En 1815, le gouvernement du Bas-Canada parraine une étude visant à réaliser un canal sur l'ile de Montréal, mais en reporte la mise en oeuvre. Quatre ans plus tard, un groupe d'hommes d'affaires, dirigé par John Richardson, s'approprie le projet et forme la Company of the Proprietors of the Lachine Canal. Celle-ci doit retraiter à son tour, incapable de vendre suffisamment d'actions pour un assumer le financement. Sous les pressions grandissantes des marchands, le gouvernement réactive finalement le dossier. La cérémonie marquant le début des travaux se tient à Lachine, le 17 juillet 1821. Le canal est inauguré officiellement le 24 août 1824. Toutefois, il ne sera navigable sur toute sa longueur que l'année suivante.
HM NumberHM1K6D
Placed ByParks Canada / Parcs Canada
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Date Added Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 604107 N 5031736
Decimal Degrees45.43140000, -73.66906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 25.884', W 73° 40.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 25' 53.04" N, 73° 40' 8.64" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chemin du Musée, Montréal Québec H8S 4H3, CA
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