|Helping Out - Opening the Gate
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2004
|The lockstaff are always happy to have a couple of eager volunteers help out with operating the hand winch, known as a "crab", that opens and closes the lock gates. Almost all the locks on the Rideau are hand operated using these crabs. The clink-clink of the rattling chain is a sound that everyone who has travelled the Rideau will instantly recognize.
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