Day 0: Arrival Kingston, Old haunts.
17-07-31 - First views: Kawartha voyageur.
My own spying is
entirely in the service of personal photo-journalism. Nothing
to do with colonial imperialism.
17-07-31 - Remember, kids? When we used to lift you up onto the lion's back? Richardson Beach Park, Kingston, downtown. Just south of Macdonald Memorial Park.
17-07-31 - The Steam Museum.
03-12-28 - 2003: Dea ex Machina, Steam Museum. This picture figured in my first photo show at the Roselawn in Port Colborne. It was hung alongside another Kingston pic: The Mills of the gods (... grind slow, but they grind exceeding small. qv) I love the inexorable, rotary, mill-like quality of these and similar pics. They sometimes also have a Piranesi-like aura. (also qv)
17-07-31 - Day is done. Gone the sun.
17-07-31 - Boarding time at last. Do I see a crowd of white-haired people down there on the left, lining up at the gangplank?
D445 17-07-31 Day 0: Arrival Kingston, Old haunts
Day 1: Thousand Islands side trip.
17-08-07 - We wake up to fog, Kingston hbr. Briefly socked-in.
17-08-01 - Composition. Oh good, a subject I can see, at close range.
17-08-01 - Top deck, after breakfast.
17-08-01 - Departing Kingston hbr. That's City Hall dome in the middle, between the two fake smokestacks of the pretend paddle steamer.
17-08-01 - Martello tower defences are holding. Kingston has nothing to fear from naval attack by Gananoque. And Sacketts Harbor, opposite Kingston on the US side of Lake Ontario, hasn't fired a shot in anger for years.(qv)
17-08-01 - Fort Henry, brooding. Their big guns could certainly reach this far.
17-08-01 - Merle the far-seeing ... charts a course. Perhaps thinking of Ottawa in a few days, or Malta next month?
17-08-01 - The ship's bow.
17-08-01 - The ship's bridge.
17-08-01 - The ship's neighbours.
17-08-01 - The ship's skipper, left. He doesn't have two heads, although that might come in handy for keeping a lookout both fore and aft at the same time. Crazy power-boaters zipping all over the place.
17-08-01 - Other top deck material.
17-08-01 - Gananoque waterfront. And all that healthy, outdoor, holistic tourist stuff.
17-08-01 - Gan. dock. Museum visit.
17-08-01 - Off again. 1000 Islands next.
17-08-01 - Boldt Castle.
17-08-01 - Castle outworks.
17-08-01 - World's shortest international bridge?
17-08-01 - Fast water, heading back to Kingston.
D446 17-08-01 Day 1: Thousand Islands
Day 2: Kingston to Newboro.
17-08-02 - 401 hwy ahead.
17-08-02 - Highway bridge. A work in progress. The beginning of a lengthy survey of southern Ontario bridge infrastructure.
17-08-02 - Cataraqui R. Heading north.
17-08-02 - Lock spritz.
17-08-02 - Getting up in the world.
17-08-02 - Much rail traffic, terrific noise.
17-08-02 - Toronto to Montreal main rail line.
17-08-02 - Parks Canada glasses girl. Waiting to work the lock mechanism. Most are still completely manual.
17-08-02 - The Mate checks clearance at the side.
17-08-02 - Swing bridge, also manual.
17-08-02 - Waiting their turn.
1984: Kingston Mills, while visiting MnA?
84-05-19 - 1984:Blockhouse.
84-05-19 - 1984: Derek's "old guard" persona. War of 1812 vintage.
0232 - old 35mm slide film
1963: - Kingston Mills while MA students.
63-to-65 - 1963:Enid Richards
63-to-65 - 1963: Merle and Miriam.
63-to-65 - 1963: Merle and Miriam across the lock. Railway bridge visible on the right.
63-to-65 - 1963
63-to-65 - 1963: South toward L. Ontario, and Kingston.
Old 120 format slide film
17-08-02 - Outhouse of paradise. Colonel By Lake?
17-08-02 - Ship's bridge drops for low road bridge. The Mate, in blue up front, stands up through a hatch to keep an eye on clearance. He ducks down at the last minute. To avoid decapitation.
17-08-02 - We too have to get out from under. And sit down low in our seats. A crew member stand guard in the stairwell to make sure no senior gets imulsive and stands up to head to the washroom at the last minute.
17-08-02 - Tight fit.
17-08-02 - The doors of repentance swing wide. I hear an echo from somewhere. The back room of St. George's church? Only, back then, the doors of repentance were more likely to swing shut if our prayers weren't fervent enough.
17-08-02 - Lock walk.
17-08-02 - At Jones Falls locks. A small Parks Canada military exhibit. Mao, Chou, Big Julie, Napoleon. Meh! Who cares, we've got decades of military and industrial history to contemplete, right here in Canada.
17-08-02 - The KV enters the lock.
17-08-02 - Has a bulldog look from this angle.
17-08-02 - A female deckhand ties up. Seems that the women on this boat do all the heavy lifting. Actually, somebody explained that the crew quarters don't have separate male and female facilities. So it's simpler (and nicer?) to go all female.
17-08-02 - Spiral nebulae. DR succumbs briefly to abstraction. Artists go for this wacky stuff. Supposed to be part of the very essence of ... whatever. Me: It's not that I love abstraction or introspection less, but that I love the external world more. You really don't wanna get lost inside my head.
17-08-02 - KV crew bring coffee for the dockworkers.
17-08-02 - Let's get a pic. Of this cute aquatic critter, she says. Thanks. Don't mind if I do, cute aquatic critter y'self.
17-08-02 - Newboro dock, aquatic weed whacker.
17-08-02 - Tied up for the night. Canoes belonging to a US Boy Scout troop.
D447 17-08-02 Day 2: Kingston to Newboro
Day 3: Eastport, Smith's Falls, Edmund's Lockstation.
17-08-03 - Newboro blockhouse. Early morn walkies.
17-08-03 - Well above flood levels.
17-08-03 - Brekkers under way.
17-08-03 - KV under way.
17-08-03 - Westport ahead.
17-08-03 - Tight channel.
17-08-03 - Docking with 180 turn.
03-12-27 - 2003: Westport winter holiday.
03-12-28 - 2003: We stayed here.
17-08-03 - Classic front, tin shingles on the walls.
17-08-03 - Too bulky for a souvenir. to stow in our cabin. But the colours are cheery.
17-08-03 - Westport museum. This large wooden carving of Lady Justice was once atop city hall, Brockville.
17-08-03 - A classic camera. How I used to covet one of those. Speed Graphic, or some such brand. It had all the lens and focus adjustments that my Brownie Hawkeye lacked. But the plate and cut sheet film was expensive, hard-to-find in the boondocks, and, to youthful me, prohibitively expensive.
17-08-03 - From the mezzanine.
17-08-03 - Dolly bed. In Danville, during the war, I had fruit baskets to bed down my teddy-bears.
17-08-03 - Contrasts.
17-08-03 - Ladies who had these pinched kid cheeks. Merle and I both remember getting our cheeks pinched in a similar context by elderly ladies with fur lapels consisting of little beady-eyed animals glaring down at us.
17-08-03 - Just in time to reboard, 11am.
17-08-03 - Me swotting up for beachcomber finals. Back on board.
17-08-03 - Opening the lock gate. Keep that lovely hair out of the gears, Brunhilda.
17-08-03 - Downtown Smith's Falls.
17-08-03 - Dont fall overboard camera lady.
17-08-03 - Parks Canada crew on duty, gate repairs. They had just completed a major repair on one of the lock gates when we arrived. Edmund's Lockstation.
17-08-03 - Evening entertainment.
D448 17-08-03 Day 3: Eastport, Smith's Falls, Edmund's
Day 4: Merrickville, Long Island.
17-08-04 - Merrickville blockhouse museum.
17-08-04 - Like ours in Sackville.
17-08-04 - Miss Havisham's wedding dress.
17-08-04 - Il Duce Inglesi. Y'know, I'm beginning to love these country museums. They have a haymish, domestic feel you don't find at the ROM.
17-08-04 - The Baldachin Inn.
17-08-04 - Alley. Xref China.
12-07-14 - 2012: Alley, China.
17-08-04 - Betty Boop.
17-08-04 - Debarqe for walkies.
17-08-04 - Love these weedy, oozy things. What English artist said something like that about locks? Constable?
websrch:constable the lock images
D449 17-08-04 Day 4: Merrickville, Long Island
Day 5: Ottawa, drive Napanee and home.
17-08-05 - AM. Doing the bridge windows.
17-08-05 - Both port and starboard sides. I think she does the opposite side, not by hanging over the water, but by waiting till another day when they'll probably be docked the other way round.
17-08-05 - He turns the bridge with a hand crank. There's a gearing system underneath, well balanced and lubricated.
17-08-05 - Our last stroll off the boat. Note: the Kawartha Voyageur is now travelling downhill as the locks descend toward the Ottawa River from the connected series of interior lakes and rivers.
17-08-05 - Call the MOE.
17-08-05 - Parks Canada work boat.
17-08-05 - They'll wait for us further on.
17-08-05 - KV Dining room decor. Just passing through. (Looking for afternoon tea and cookies.)
17-08-05 - Ottawa suburbs. Miles of affluent-looking waterfront properties. I won't comment on the pay-scale of Ottawa civil servants; some of our more right-wing friends have already done so.
17-08-05 - The Rideau Canoe Club.
17-08-05 - Hog's Back chute, south of Ottawa.
17-08-05 - Kid-friendly rocks to clamber on.
17-08-05 - Final photo-op. The boat couldn't go any farther north at this point. Downtown Ottawa has no place on the canal with a turning basin large enough for the Kawartha Voyageur to reverse direction. On one trip, earlier in the year, the boat does continue on toward the Ottawa River, north of the Parliament Buildings. But traversing this final series of locks takes an extra day, which is not available in our current cruise. At this tie-up, the boat will be re-provisioned, tidied up, and a new group of passengers welcomed for the trip back south to Kingston.
So we pack up our gear and load ourselves onto a chartered
bus heading back to Kingston. There we find our car, parked very
close to the docks. A convenient loop arrangement.
17-08-06 - Napanee by car. Last night on the road. A walk round town after dinner. Nice riverside park, yacht tie-up, lawns still a bit damp from this year's innundations.
17-08-06 - Post office. Needs a tweak with the HD options, DR. Done.
17-08-06 - We're not quite sure about this place. Needs a tweak of a different sort.
D450 17-07-04 Day 5: Ottawa, drive Napanee and home
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