3.4.3.A | The Victoria Bridge at Montreal
The Victoria Bridge at Montreal
September 12, 1860, 19th century
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"The Victoria Bridge at Montreal, the opening of which was now to be formally celebrated, is beyond all doubt the greatest engineering work in the whole world. The Menai Bridge is a noble structure, yet only the germ of the greatness here developed to its fullest. Brunel's great bridge at Saltash is remarkable for the wonderful skill with which it overcomes obstacles which here, in fact almost created that the engineer might have the pleasure and merit of vanquishing them. Roebling's suspension bridge over the rapids of Niagara - the most ingenious and, perhaps, event the most beautiful bridge of its kind in the world, is only designed for a special and particular gorge, and, apart from this, no fair comparison can be drawn between the Niagara and the Victoria, when the former is only 800 feet long and the latter is more than 9000."