Website boasts new pictures of St. Lawrence Seaway’s history


Morrisburg area residents John Gleed and Ron Beaupre are pleased to announce the introduction of an Internet based pictorial history of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The new pictorial history has been added to the website and covers the period from the first efforts to improve river navigation in the early 1800s to the present day, from Montreal to Lake Ontario. 

It includes more than two hundred historic photographs and descriptions.

The St. Lawrence River system, in conjunction with the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes, provides a continuous waterway extending 2,347 miles into the heart of the continent from the Atlantic Ocean. 

Between Montreal and Lake Ontario, a distance of 183 miles, the St. Lawrence River falls a total of 246 feet.

The photographs and narrative are provided by Ron Beaupre who now lives on the shores of the Seaway in Mariatown, near Morrisburg. 

He grew up in the 1950s in Iroquois where he acquired his life-long interest in the Seaway, its boats and history. He became by his own admission a “Boat Nerd”. 

Over the years, he has collected a unique library of Seaway related photographs and other documents. 

He has made a selection of some of his favourite photographs and related information available for presentation in this pictorial history of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

John Gleed originally introduced the web site in 2010, after retiring to Morrisburg following a high tech career in Ottawa. 

The site displays some of the best digital photographs taken by himself and his wife, Rosemary Laurin, mostly from along the St. Lawrence River in the beautiful areas around Morrisburg.

In 2011, a Morrisburg pictorial history section was added to the website based on the Reverend George Smith’s historic photographs of the old town of Morrisburg, prior to being flooded by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958. 

They were presented with the generous permission of his daughter, Claire Delage, the current owner of all copyrights. 

For more information, see or contact John Gleed directly via email at or by phone at 613-543-0933.

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