M930.40.1.7 | Victoria Bridge, general plan of works

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Victoria Bridge, general plan of works
Anonyme - Anonymous
1860, 19th century
Ink on paper - Lithography
59.7 x 88.3 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Map (219) , Map (215) , Print (10661)
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This plan, executed sometime around 1860 by an unknown artist, shows the site of the brand new Victoria Bridge. It is one of the numerous images in the album Construction of the Great Victoria Bridge in Canada, Engineer's Report, 1859-1860 by the engineer James Hodges (1814-1879). Hodges was in charge of manpower for the entire western section of the Grand Trunk, which included the Victoria Bridge.

To reach Montreal, trains taking the Victoria Bridge had to go through Saint Lambert on the south shore. At the other end of the bridge lay Point St. Charles with the bridge labourers' houses and, somewhat farther on, the buildings of the Grand Trunk railway station. These infrastructures are shown on the plan, along with the "steam channel," the "centre shoals" and the "inner channel." These three hint at the actual relief of the river bed.