Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 6, 2015

Cornwall Photographs of the Week. The Bathtub Derby in the Cornwall Canal.


scan0019The Bathtub Derby was born in 1968, when in the words of “Commodore” Dave Lafave, “eight of us who might have known better sat down to organize a bathtub derby.”  The event was sponsored by the local media.  The Derby ended in 1972 when the Canal along Water Street was filled in.scan0020





Bathtubs racing west from the old Adolphus Street Swing Bridge.  The site of the parking lot is now occupied by the washroom and splashpad.


This portion of the Cornwall Canal was filled in and is now the parking lot in front of the Museum.


Looking west from the Adolphus Street swing bridge.scan0028

The launch ramp next to the Adolphus St. swing bridge.

The Derby was revived as Cornwall Waterfest by Sun Life Financial in 2010.

The archives at the Cornwall Community Museum contain more than 25,000 photographs of Cornwall and area available for viewing and research during museum opening hours.

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