Lead:  In 1749 Father Pere Francois Picquet, a Sulpician missionary, recommended to French King Louis XV that the St. Lawrence River be made navigable for seagoing ships. King Louis was strapped for cash. 210 years later they finished the job.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The St. Lawrence Seaway was one of the most expensive public works projects ever attempted. In the 760 miles from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Canada's eastern coast are numerous locks, specially dredged channels, and hydroelectric dams providing cheap power for the region. Most of all, the seaway provides ready access for ships between the heart of North America and the Atlantic Ocean.

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