II-50718 | Big John and party shooting Lachine Rapids, near Montreal, QC, composite, 1878

 
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Big John and party shooting Lachine Rapids, near Montreal, QC, composite, 1878
Notman & Sandham
1878, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-50718
© McCord Museum
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On January 1, 1878 thirty-seven-year-old Big John Canadian (Aiontonnis) with two rowers from Kahnawake steered a thirty-foot wooden boat through the Lachine Rapids. He carried two passengers, Lieut. Col. Frank Bond of the Prince of Wales Rifles and G. L. Holm, an artist for Frank Leslie's Weekly, a New York illustrated magazine. The photograph of the boat and occupants was taken in the yard behind William Notman's studio, with the boat cocked up on a saw-horse. His son William McFarlane Notman sat in for the journalist, who had returned to New York.