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John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1857, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
5.5 x 13.8 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  boat (1192) , Print (10661) , Transportation (2517)
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In the mid-19th century the great increase in shipping using Canada's inland waterways was due to the national will to have goods produced in the Canadian West brought east via the St. Lawrence River rather than by rival waterways such as the Erie Canal in the United States. For this reason the federal government was investing massively in the network of waterways by building canals like those at Cornwall, Beauharnois and Lachine to accommodate bigger and bigger steamships in ever increasing numbers.