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Trent University Archives holds a wonderful fonds known as the Geale-Rogers Papers (82-022). Richard Birdsall Rogers was appointed supervising engineer of the Trent Valley Canal in 1884 and was responsible for the design engineering of the highest lift lock in the world, opened at Peterborough, Ontario in 1904. There are over 1000 photographs in these papers, many of them taken by Rogers during the course of his work on various sections of the Trent Canal. Photographs include work on Nassau Dam, site of Trent University, and a side elevation sketch of Peterborough's hydraulic lift lock. And don't miss our on-line exhibit celebrating the work of Richard Rogers. We have transcribed all of his Diaries here and digitised many more photographs relating to the Peterborough Lift Lock.


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Opening Day, 1904

Description: Front Elevation of Peterborough Lift Lock

Front Elevation of the Peterborough Lift Lock

Description: Site of Peterborough Lift Lock

Site of Peterborough Lift Lock as construction began

Description: Waiting for a Steamer Above Peterborough Lift Lock

Waiting for a steamer above the lift lock