The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth

This book describes how the culmination of a century-long dream to link the Great Lakes interior industrial hubs to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project stands as one of the largest and most important public works’ initiatives of the twentieth century. Seen as vital to North American commerce and strategic in advancing America’s position on the world stage, the billion-dollar seaway and power dam were also a phenomenal feat of engineering involving an unprecedented level of cooperation between Canadian and American agencies and the unrelenting efforts of workers on both sides of the border. Dubbed the greatest construction show on earth, the largest waterway and hydro dam project ever jointly built by two nations , which consisted of seven locks, the widening of various canals, the taming of rapids, and the erection of the 3,216-foot long, 195.5 foot high power dam. In this book, the author reveals the human side of the project in the words of its engineers, laborers, and carpenters. Drawing on firsthand accounts, the author provides a vivid portrait of the lives of the men who built the seaway and the women who accompanied them.

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    Syracuse University Press

    Syracuse, NY  United States  13244-5160
  • Authors:
    • Parham, Claire Puccia
  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 353p

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  • Accession Number: 01141776
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780815609131
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2009 11:34AM