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Mike Dannhardt's launch, <i>Compulsion</i>.
Mike Dannhardt's launch, Compulsion.

Steaming up in Smiths Falls

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Every summer dedicated steam launch enthusiasts across the Northeast gather for a flotilla. The route alternates between various US and Canadian waterways. It's very much a family affair, with spouses and different generations along as crew, or company. This year the five-day run took place in Ontario--one of many events celebrating the Rideau Canal's 175th anniversary. These particular steam boats aren't very big, and they don't have paddle wheels. But they are powered by wood or coal-fired steam engines. Lucy Martin caught up with Mike Dannhardt, on the Compulsion, while dockside at Smiths Falls, in late June.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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