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This Colossal Project presents an absorbing epic on the building of the fourth Welland Canal which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and allows ships to bypass Niagara Falls. An immense undertaking the canal is a vital part of North Americas infrastructure and still functions as an essential part of the St Lawrence Seaway. Emphasizing the role of vivid personalities including engineers John Laing Weller and Alex Grant as well as contractors and labourers in the construction of the canal Styran and Taylor use archival sources government documents newspa- pers maps and original plans to describe a saga of technological nancial geographical and so- cial obstacles met and overcome in an accomplish- ment akin to the building of the Canadian Pacic Railway. A story of Canadian skill courage vision and hardship This Colossal Project details the twenty-year excavation of the giant channel and the creation of huge concrete locks amidst war the Great Depression political change and labour unrest. Building on the work presented in Styran and Taylors This Great National Object which told the story of the rst three Welland canals built in the nineteenth century This Colossal Project chronicles an impressive milestone in the history of Canadian technological achievement and nation building. Roberta M. Styran 19272015 was a retired assistant professor of history at Brock University. Robert R. Taylor is professor emeritus of history at Brock University. 1 6 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y H I S T O R Y O F S C I E N C E A N D T E C H N O L O G Y This Colossal Project Building the Welland Ship Canal 19131932 roberta m. styran and robert r. taylor The story of the construction of a technological monument that remains a cornerstone of the North American economy. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S December 2016 978-0-7735-4790-2 44.95T CDN 44.95T US 34.99 cloth 6 x 9 368pp 74 photos 10 maps 12 diagrams Ebook available