Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 4, 2019

The Seaway at 60

Ontario Power Generation’s Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre played host to the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Management Corporation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration late this afternoon.

Saunders was proud to showcase its growing collection of vintage Seaway art.

About two dozen guests attended the by-invitation event.

The Seaway Authority commissioned Quebec artist Yvon Lemieux to paint four Seaway scenes; the artist was on-hand for the unveiling. Pictured with Lemieux is Terrence Bowles, President and C.E.O. of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Management Corporation, who invited Lemieux to create the artwork.

The paintings will hang in the Seaway Authority offices at the intersection of Pitt and Second Streets.

Cornwall-born Lionel Chevrier was known to many as “Mr. Seaway” for his role in making the dream a reality. Chevrier’s sons Bernard and Jean represented the family at the event. Chevrier was Minister of transport from 1945-1954, President of the Privy Council in 1957, Minister of Justice from 1963-1964 and British High Commissioner from 1964-1967.

Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for SD&SG, presented a certificate marking the milestone.

The artist as well as the Chevriers were presented with a Seaway 60th Anniversary commemorative coin.

Refreshments included this 60th anniversary cupcake cake.

In this short video clip, Terrence Bowles and Guy Lauzon extend greetings and share a few memories.

In 2018, OPG celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of the international power plant at Cornwall.

This summer Post Media Chain posted a series of articles to commemorate The Seaway at 60.

Your Cornwall Community Museum has a large collection of Seaway and Chevrier artifacts, a number of which are on exhibit now.

Closeups of the images which Lemieux was commissioned to create appear below:








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