The St Lawrence river runs through it: cruising the Canada-US border

Michael Kerr marvels at the St Lawrence Seaway System, a feat of engineering that opened up America's waterways, making it possible to explore a Thousand Islands and the Great Lakes

09 June 2019 - 00:00 By Michael Kerr

The muffins gave it away. The walls of the lock were soaring as our ship descended, but so smoothly were we moving that there was no real sense of how swiftly it was happening - except in the size of the muffins.

When we'd arrived, one of our Canadian crew had handed over a batch, freshly baked in the galley, to the Americans operating the lock. That foil-wrapped package was now in the back of their buggy on the quay, and growing bigger each time I glanced at it. So too was the grin on the buggy driver's face. He and his mates would soon be done with us, and free to zip back to base and tuck in...

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