In late 2020 I undertook to tell a story that I started telling with my Acts of Confederation Project, that story is the one of the Welland Canal. The problem with the Confederation project is that it ended in 1867 and the Welland Canal continued well beyond that into today. Plus I realised that much of the story of the Canal I had missed probably only telling about a quarter of the whole Canal story. The Canal is a pictorial history project that covers the reasons behind the Canal, the communities that owe their founding to small shantytowns, and the canals themselves. Plus a whole much more that came as a result of the Canal. This page is an index to the entire project in order of publishing and allows you to easily read through the entire project from start to finish without having to navigate the category page and read through backwards. The project ran from September to December 2020, and the book will be available through Blurb in December 2020.

00 – An Introduction
01 – In the Beginning
02 – William Hamilton Merritt
03 – Merritt’s Channel (The First Welland Canal)
04 – Canal Communities Pt. 1 – The Little Towns
05 – The Stone Channel (The Second Welland Canal)
06 – Canal Communities Pt. 2 – The Big Towns
07 – Industrial Growth – Early Industries on the Canal
08 – The Human Cost
09 – The Ship Channel (The Third Welland Canal)
10 – Ship Building
11 – From Mills to Factories – Modernization of the Canal Industries
12 – Canal Communities Pt. 3 – The Port Towns
13 – The Trade Channel (The Fourth Welland Canal)
14 – The Canal Saved
15 – The Seaway

The Deep Cut