Murray Canal, 12 O'Clock Park [Twelve O'Clock Point]
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Front: Steamer Alexandria in the canal. The steamship Alexandria which sank in Lake Ontario in 1915, off the shores of Scarborough, Ontario. Land was set aside for the canal during the first days of Loyalist settlement in the 1790s. Pressure to build the canal built during the War of 1812 as the route became an important supply line for the British, and saved days of dangerous sailing for the great vessels of the era. Afterwards, the timber trade in the Trenton area also encouraged local lobbying efforts to have the waterway built. Steamships replaced sailing ships; the threat of war lessened; and railways were the rage. But nonetheless, the local residents of Prince Edward County, Hastings and Northumberland wanted the canal built and they got their way in October 1889 with John A. Macdonald official opening it. Back: Miss Ethel Carr Dear Ethel I rec'd your welcome card some tiem ago was glad to hear from you. How are you all. Nellie is up here she has been doctoring with Stinson and is much better expects to go Home before long. Mother is not very well. Father is about hte same as usual. Baby Cousan is well. Good bye love to all. in love Frank Carr Good bye write soon and tell me all the news. some down. from Gertie and Louie Postmarked: Brighton, ON