JOHN HERBERT CADDY
Private Collection, Toronto
Frank Adams, “Historic Desjardins Canal Slowly Drained by Falling Lakes Level,” The Globe and Mail, Friday, Nov. 20, 1964, page 4.
“The Desjardins Canal transformed Dundas into a major port in the early Nineteenth Century... At the close of the War of 1812, the pioneer communities of Hamilton and Dundas vied for Port supremacy. Hamilton, situated on a natural harbor at the west end of Lake Ontario, took the advantage by dredging a canal through a shifting sandbar, making it accessible from the lake. But Pierre Desjardins, a shipping clerk from Paris who had settled in Dundas, raised $15,000, formed his own company and started a rival plan for another canal, this one from Hamilton harbor into the marsh, two miles to the west... Nearly six years and almost $100,000 later the Desjardins Canal opened.” The canal is “considered by historians to be one of the most prized remains of this country’s early maritime ventures...”