By Alfred Meakin, England
St. Lawrence Seaway commemorative plate reads: " To Commemorate the Opening of the ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY By H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, Canada 1959."
Porcelain. DIAM 14.5, H 2.0 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 15815.
St. Lawrence Seaway
Eisenhower supported a bill permitting the U.S. to cooperate with Canada to deepen the St. Lawrence River to allow seagoing ships to sail from the Atlantic through the Great Lakes to the Midwest. The President had been advocating the construction of the Seaway since he was Chief of Staff at the end of WWII. He contended that the Seaway would not only be an economic asset, but would also strengthen national security.