|Lower Brewers - Locks 45
photo by: Ken W. Watson
|A single lock provides 13.1 feet (4.0 m) of lift. The photo shows the beautiful Unequal Arm, Center Bearing timber swing bridge (aka, somewhat incorrectly, a Kingpost Truss Swing Bridge), one of only four left on the Rideau Canal. Also in the photo is the defensible lockmaster's house, originally a one storey stone building, the second storey was added in about 1899.
This location is also known as Washburn, a name coined by the postmaster here in the 1870s, combining the Scottish words "wash" as in bywash and "burn", meaning stream.
For a full history of the Lower Brewers Lock see: History of the Lower Brewers Lock
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