Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Freighter moves under Burlington Bay Lift Bridge

The Algoma Equinox approaches the City of Hamilton, lining up the 740 foot long freighter to pass through the Burlington Bay Canal, under the lift bridge and into the harbour. The tower driven, lift bridge sees the ship, sends out an alarm, drops the barriers across Eastport Drive and raises the massive steel roadway 33.5 metres high into the air to allow safe passage for the Equinox.

From the Canadian Public Services website: "The bridge spans the Burlington Canal that was opened in 1826. Once a narrow cut, the canal now provides Burlington Bay (Hamilton Harbour) with navigable access to the Atlantic Ocean. The canal connected the Hamilton Harbour industrial region to international trade and commerce. It was among a series of waterway projects begun, 200 years ago, to provide navigation from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. Today the Burlington Canal remains a busy waterway and is vital to the area commerce. There were five different moveable bridges located on this site since 1830. The present bridge was opened in 1962 and carried two lanes of vehicular traffic across the canal. This structure originally had tracks for the Hamilton — Northwestern railway which were removed in 1982 when the road way was widened to four lanes."

Video by Ann Hamilton

Ann and I kayaked in from Beachway Park, setting off from the closed off beaches that used to have sandy shores that ran 30 feet or more down to the waters of Lake Ontario. Now the water is so high that the beach is ten feet or less. The water itself is still a little cool for swimming unless you like it brisk, baby

Water covers the old beach

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