By William A. Warnick
Port Maitland “On the Grand” Historical Association - (PMHA)
LOCK 27- INCORRECTLY NAMED
What has become incorrectly known as Lock Twenty-Seven is in
reality the Port Maitland Lock. As with much in history one error
begets another. Whether we call it by its correct name or by some
other, this lock played an important part in the development of
Until it was constructed circa 1842 there was no direct
passage from Lake Erie to the upper Grand River. For that matter there
was no direct passage from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie via the original
Welland Canal. The trip was a long and cumbersome route from Port
Dalhousie, (Now a part of the city of St. Catharines) up the escarpment
to Port Robinson, then easterly to the Niagara River where oxen along
with other beast of burden dragged the vessels along the Canadian shore
to Fort Erie; only then setting them free to sail on their own.
Prior to 2003, when a number of volunteers commenced a clean
up the lock had sat collecting garbage from both humans and Mother
Nature. It had become overgrown and for the most part hidden from view.
Progress has been slow, but steady. Hope remains to have it and the
seven hundred foot section west of it dredge or dug out. Suggestions
have been advanced that the Port Maitland, “On the Grand” Historical
Association should lease the property from the County and work towards
the possibility of having gates replaced into it. Of course these gates
would be for historic display only!
Today the lock is lined with memorial benches; the debris is
gone, but there remains a constant demand to maintain and improve on our
yet early efforts. Notice the hydro metering station in Figure # 2.
It has now been removed along with most of the poles, ridding the lock
of much of twentieth century clutter.
Before Cleanup Sept 26, 2003
2009 Spring Cleanup
Kisok Sept 1, 2009
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