Bill Gallinger

Bill Gallinger grew up in Moulinette, Ontario.





“When the cofferdam was blown up, the people around on that day, they all thought that this water was coming in just in 5 minutes.

But like I was saying a while ago, very, very slow. Three days and three nights.

And I was standing right at the edge of it, at the point when it was at Steve’s Hill, just out here. And I was, oh, 6 years old. Very slow, very slow.

I would almost say that you could hardly see it rising.”


Bill Gallinger

Bill Gallinger grew up in Moulinette, Ontario.





“When the cofferdam was blown up, the people around on that day, they all thought that this water was coming in just in 5 minutes.

But like I was saying a while ago, very, very slow. Three days and three nights.

And I was standing right at the edge of it, at the point when it was at Steve’s Hill, just out here. And I was, oh, 6 years old. Very slow, very slow.

I would almost say that you could hardly see it rising.”



Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Joint interview David Hill and Bill Gallinger, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Joint interview David Hill and Bill Gallinger, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Joint interview David Hill and Bill Gallinger, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Joint interview David Hill and Bill Gallinger, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Summary

In this part of a joint interview with his childhood friend David Hill, Bill Gallinger remembers how when the cofferdam was blown up, you could hardly see the water rising.

July 1, 1958 was a huge day in the St Lawrence Valley. People assembled in their thousands from near and far to watch the explosion of the cofferdam that finally released the much anticipated flooding. People expected something dramatic - perhaps a tidal wave of water - instead it took 4 days to flood the area.

Bio

Bill Gallinger grew up in Moulinette, Ontario. 

He now lives in Long Sault, Ontario. 

Summary

In this part of a joint interview with his childhood friend David Hill, Bill Gallinger remembers how when the cofferdam was blown up, you could hardly see the water rising.

July 1, 1958 was a huge day in the St Lawrence Valley. People assembled in their thousands from near and far to watch the explosion of the cofferdam that finally released the much anticipated flooding. People expected something dramatic - perhaps a tidal wave of water - instead it took 4 days to flood the area.

Bio

Bill Gallinger grew up in Moulinette, Ontario.

He now lives in Long Sault, Ontario. 



The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.

The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.