This pdf file contains additional material that goes beyond that in the Notes – Repairs and Reconstruction backup and resource material for the chapter, Repairs and Reconstruction. It isn’t essential for understanding the story, but is the sort of thing that gives a real sense of what the lock staff faced on a daily basis. The protracted problems with the swing bridge at Merrickville is a good example; they were struggling with the bridge more than twenty years after the canal had opened. The cause was clear – minimal maintenance and repair expenditures by the military.
The frustration of the local community and the lock staff is very evident.