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Benson’s Rift – St. Lawrence River

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Original watercolor with Ink 11 x 15 unframed.

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Benson’s Rift is a narrow swift water passage between Hill Island and Rabbit Island on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River.  The water is so swift in the down river direction ( easterly ), two boats attempting to pass must be very careful. While one boat is assisted by the current, the other can remain at a stand still if its forward motion equals the speed of the water’s flow. The churning and swirling waters can take over the boat if close attention is not paid to the steering. Only the skilled kayaker or canoeist dare take the ride through. On a crystal clear day, the river bed is a greenish turquoise. One doesn’t get much time to gaze into the deep as the motion is so quick.