Local nautical history highlighted in Brock Library exhibit

In anticipation of the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Fourth Welland Canal this August, Brock University Library Assistant Sue Sykes has created several exhibits that highlight the history of the canals, their bridges and the ships that have passed through them. Items were curated from Brock’s Archives and Special Collections, Archives Canada and Sykes’ personal nautical collection, which includes parts of a Venitia steam yacht, shipping flags and a model laker ship. The Brock Makerspace also helped create lithophanes of the Welland Canal flight locks. The displays are located on the main floor of the Library in the Matheson Learning Commons near the Ask Us desk and in Thistle Hall next to the Library’s south entrance. Additional historical information on the Welland Canal can be found in several digital exhibits curated by Brock Archives and Special Collections: Building the Welland Ship Canal, The History of the Welland Canal — All Four of Them, and The Welland Canal’s Bridges and Tunnels — The Solution to Traffic Jams for over 100 years.