|Intriguing Fountain in Little Lake|
By mid-afternoon we decided to bike over to the Peterborough Lock, which I find the most unique and interesting lock on the entire Great Loop. This lock, finished in 1904, was the brainchild of Richard B. Rogers, and it is the world's highest dual hydraulic lift lock, rising 65 feet in height. Rogers believed that fast passage was essential for the Trent-Severn to become a successful commercial passage to the Great Lakes. Thus, he conceived of a single lock that would bring boats both up and down this great height rapidly at the same time.
|The Peterborough 65 ft. hydraulic lock|
|One tub up, the other down|
In 1904, this lock was one of the world's largest structures constructed entirely of cement, as use of steel was still viewed with professional scepticism. The tubs and hydraulic rams were steel and are still in use today, modified only with some welding and zinc coating.
It will be quite interesting to go through this lock tomorrow, and the views out over the countryside should be spectacular.