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Trent-Severn Waterway, Marine Railway

Canals, Recreational destinations

Title

Trent-Severn Waterway, Marine Railway

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

June 17, 1998

Year

Quantity

1,030,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canals, Recreational destinations

Series Time Span

1998

Perforation or Dimension

12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by Carey George. Designed by Dean Martin.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,030,000
Original Price: $4.50
Perforation: 12.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Set of 2 Official First Day Covers

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Peterborough ON
Perforation: 12.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Like arteries of the human body, Canada's canals have carried the lifeblood of our nation. They were built on and around the inland waterways along which our forefathers travelled - European explorers, fur traders, settlers, immigrants - and along which villages were built and communities were formed. Though used primarily for recreation today, Canada's canals were originally constructed as artificial watercourses for inland navigation - built as improvements to the natural waterways for embanking, straightening, dredging or overcoming levelling differences. This stamp set features six of Canada's canals, a waterway and a lock.

The Canals stamp set is an exquisite collection of scenic scapes that blends illustrations of historic canals with images of modern recreational use. The series consists of a pane of 10 stamps, with the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway featured twice. On the selvedge, a summary relief map displays the locations of all six canals and the bodies of water they connect.

Trent Canal

The Trent Canal system links Lake Ontario with Lake Huron. This 400-kilometre course includes over 50 kilometres of man-made channels, 44 locks, a marine railway and scores of buildings and dams. Two of the locks, at Peterborough and Kirkfield, are hydraulic-lift locks - unique in North America. The marine railway features a rail car which carries boats over the Big Chute Falls on the Severn River. The Trent-Severn Waterway is still used today for lumbering, steam-boating, power generation, and recreation.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1998, p. 5, 10-11.

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