More Weight is Better in Current: Ummmm… Nope.

Reprinted from  11 July 2018 - weekly dive debriefing. Those of you who have been diving with me over the years know that one of my least favourite statements is, "It's better to be heavy than worry about weight... and especially in current". Nope... wrong. It's worse. Heavy divers work too hard, can't maneuver properly, …

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Hydroelectric Plant Sluice Gates: 2018

Whoa! The extraordinary river flow of 2017 caused some pretty drastic long-term changes to the HydroElectric Plant route. Perhaps the most obvious is the change in the sluice gates. This is what they used to look like: But this is what they look like today! It appears I need to resketch my sketch! The boards …

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Leaving the Locks: the Wharf and Ferry Dock

When you reach the final cribbing of the tailrace described in this post, by whichever way you got there, you now have the opportunity to explore the municipal wharf footings and the ferry dock and road on your way back to shore.You can leave the locks from anywhere you wish, but the photo below shows the relative distances from …

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Middle Route: Rapide Plat Lock (1847)

The approach to the locks is described in this post. You want to arrive at either of position #2 or #3 described there. You'll pass over a tire (the only one in the entire site) and come upon a pile of bottles at the base of the lock's upstream gate. I'm calling it a "gate" …

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Inner Route: The Hydroelectric Plant – From Plant Foundation to Tailrace

When you reach the foundations of the hydroelectric plant itself, you'll find bricks: lots of red bricks piled at the bottom of the plant's concrete wall with a few still partially affixed at its top. Pay attention to your direction at the top of the wall.  Moving east over it with the current will carry you through the area of …

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Top o’ the Wall: Between the Old and New Locks

In this photo, courtesy of stlawrencepiks.com, you can see the grassy section between the two locks. Starting upstream, note its important features: the initial curved approach wall, the dark rectangular and circular flower beds, the lock house in the centre, the position of the downstream Lock 23 gate, and the drop in depth where the wall curves inward, …

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