Canada Unveils Super Weapon

12 pounders ready for action

12 pounders ready for action

Sketching school came and went. Ontario was warm, and muggy, full of insects. Strange thing is, we went 3000 miles and we could still see the USA right there on the other side of the water. The United States is sort of like the moon, no matter where you go in Canada, it’s always right over there, following you. In Ontario they keep potential invaders at bay with these super weapons, which can fire red hot cannon balls, the size of grapefruits, clear across the St. Lawrence River. Incoming cannon balls would have a hard time getting through the roof of the blockhouse however, as it is made up of about 5 layers of criss-crossed logs.

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looking across the St Lawrence at the USA

The St. Lawrence River was the route by which most of the interior of North America was first explored. Even today there are not many bridges across, it is so wide.

Coast Guard vessel, far from the coast

Coast Guard vessel, far from the coast

The bridge can be seen above, in the background. It costs $2 to cross, and armed guards welcome you on either side. The bridge is called the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, for lack of a better name I guess. Strangely enough the Canadian side is in Johnstown, not Prescott.

 

 

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