sketches and anticdotes about my interests and travels
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Generating Station No. 4
Victoria and Chaudiere Islands lie in the Ottawa River between the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. These islands were the site of the lumber industry from the early 1800's when timber rafts were piloted down the rapids. Later the water was harnessed for generating electricity and the lumber industry evolved from transferring logs to making matches and later paper. Most of the industrial remains are not active and inaccessible except for this one generating station on Victoria Island.
The term "hydro" confuses people from outside Ontario. Understandably so, as it isn't water, its' water generated electricity The equipment in the sketch is used to adjust the stop logs in the dam and control the water flow to that particular generator's turbines - prosaically know as Generating Station No 4.