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The Second Tay Canal in the Rideau Corridor,
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Microfiche Report 295, "The Second Tay Canal in the Rideau Corridor, 1880-1940" by Larry Turner, 1984.
In the latter part of the 1800s, after the failure and abandonment of the first Tay Canal (1834-c.1849), came a lobby to revive the commercial waterway link between Perth and the Rideau Canal. It was championed by Perth MP, John G. Haggart, who succeeded in getting the required government funding to build the channel, two locks, a dam and a new basin in Perth. That Second Tay Canal, known for a time as Haggart’s Ditch, is still in use today.
This report looks at the details of the planning, financing, construction and use of the second Tay Canal.
The report includes 47 illustrations (maps, diagrams and photos).
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this interesting bit of Rideau history. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This report section of this digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.