New book by St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre outlines canal history

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After eight years of research and writing, the latest publication about the Welland Canal is now available.

“Triumph & Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal” chronicles the story of the canal’s late workers, as well as documenting the canal’s construction.

“Over three dozen authors with specialized backgrounds and expertise contributed to this sizable writing effort,” said supervisor of historical services Kathleen Powell. “Together, they effectively present many of the stories of the people, places and projects associated with this engineering wonder.”

“It is much more than a local story — it is a broader history of Canadian labour, immigration, transportation, economic development and the hardships of construction,” Powell said.

The book includes illustrated biographies of the 138 workers who died, plus 17 other chapters that expand on topics such as the construction railway, medical service, equipment used, labour, mission services, geology and communities of the Welland Ship Canal. The 386-page book is full-colour hardcover and has over 440 illustrations.

“Triumph & Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal” is published by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. This publication is available at the museum gift shop, located at 1932 Welland Canals Pky., St. Catharines, ON. The museum is currently open Wednesday to Sundays and by appointment.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News