THE CREEK DWELLER

Tales from a small creek on the Eastern Shore

Carillon to The South Nation River (via Le Chateau Montebello) July 14, 2013

Moved up onto the Blue Line (dock reserved for locking) late last night.

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First lock today was 9:30 am and we had the mast down (for the Rideau) and were ready.

 Lock is even more impressive inside

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looking up 55 feet from the deck of the boat is the sill of the upper gate ( the gate itself cannot be seen) when the lock is full the sill is 15 feet below water.

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we are more than halfway up and finally we see the upper gate which will open when the lock is full.

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all these stairs which allow lock keepers to  get to the bottom will be flooded and the boats will exit over the top of all but the last flight of steps.

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Almost full only about twenty feet to go.

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ready to open at the new level.

 We are then on a level run of the Ottawa River for about 40 miles to Ottawa.

Lots of big houses, some a little “”Munsters” for my taste:

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 Some just big

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 Finally past Le Chateau Montebello A hotel but built in the 1930’s as a private club, a massive six storey building of cedar logs, we used to go and stay for Christmas when I lived in Ottawa,

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no room for us in the marina today so on about ten miles to the South Nation River.

 Just past this abandoned stern wheeler into a sheltered anchorage for the night.

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Tomorrow Ottawa, about 30 miles.

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July 15, 2013 Posted by | Journeys, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

St. Lambert to St. Anne de Bellevue – July 12 2013

Out of our lagoon at 8:00 am to make our next lock at St Catherine’s, 9 miles later we are held there for commercial traffic, one coming up

up 2 s

Going in

up 4 s

Going up

up 6 s

And one down

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Then a tribe of small boats arrive and they lock us all through together.

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Out through the balance of the Canal de Rive Sud with a the gaggle of small boats then across Lac St. Loius via a zigzag route and into the Ottawa River at St Anne de Bellevue.

Squeezed onto the end of a high wall in what appears to be the Montreal version of “Ego alley”  (Annapolis boaters will know what that is)

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Thirty miles, not bad considering the two hour delay.  Dinner ashore.

 Carillon tomorrow 55 feet lift in one lock.

July 15, 2013 Posted by | Journeys, Uncategorized | Leave a comment