After three weeks the major hold-up on the 170 millin St. Lawrence Seaway in the?
After three weeks the major hold-up on the 170 millin St. Lawrence Seaway in the Welland Canal continues, May 15. 22 ships, at least, are waiting heir turn to pass through this 28 miles stretch which with eight locks lifts ships around the Niagara Falls.
A priority system has been introduced-all foreign vessels must give way to american and Canadian ships. The result was a build-up of foreign vessels at the canal's entrance and a protest to Mr. Hees, Canadian Transport Minister. He visited the area dna and later reported that ships not equipped for canal navigation would to be allowed to pass.
Later this was amended by the superintendent of the northern division, Mr. Ellis. He said that though ships might mot be properly equipped they will be allowed to navigate the Welland, but inspectors would check the equipment and possibly hold up the vessels' return journey if instruments are not in order.
One cause of the Welland blockage is the waryness of foreign seamen 'feeling' their way through the new canals.