Port Colborne, on the southern coast of Ontario, has been greatly effected by the Welland Canal, which runs through downtown on its way to joining Lakes Ontario and Erie. Since 1833, the passage of vessels here has created a community centered on marine trades– both industrial and recreational.
This eScapes video presents the Canadian Steamship Lines’ CSL Niagara, a Great Lakes freighter that has spent much of its forty-year career on or around this Welland Canal. As the freighter clears one of Port Colborne’s drawbridges, the narrow channel offers shipwatchers on shore a close-up look at the vessel, only matched by the onboard crew.
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