The Incredible St. Lawrence Seaway: Unique in the World
Opened to navigation in 1959, and built as a bi-national partnership between the U.S. and Canada, the St. Lawrence Seaway stretches for more than 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Minnesota. The construction of the Seaway between Montreal and Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal is recognized as one of the greatest engineering feats in history. Together, the fifteen locks lift or lower ships by an amazing 570 feet above sea level, as high as a 60-story building. On this cruise, Yorktown will navigate through both the Montreal/Lake Ontario sector and the Welland Canal, giving travelers the opportunity to marvel at this great engineering and technical achievement.
The Eclectic Collections of the Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum outside Detroit is a diverse collection—part American history museum, part tribute to American inventors. Among the artifacts the museum displays are the camp bed George Washington used during the American Revolution, the upholstered rocking chair in which Abraham Lincoln sat at Ford’s Theater, and the limousine in which John F. Kennedy was riding when he was assassinated. One of the premier attractions, Greenfield Village is a collection of historic buildings that tell the story of American ingenuity. Among the structures that were moved here are the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop where they developed the first airplane, and Thomas Edison’s laboratory where he created the first light bulb.
The Charlevoix Crater
Approximately 342 million years ago, a meteorite more than a mile in diameter crashed in to what is now the Charlevoix region in Quebec province, along the north side of the St. Lawrence River. The impact created a crater 34 miles in diameter and is classified as a multi-ringed basin with a central uplift. With the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, just about half the crater is visible today. In contrast to the surrounding Laurentian Mountains, which are relatively steep, the crater created an area that was smooth and flat, facilitating human settlement.