M978.73 | Bird's-eye view of Victoria Bridge

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Bird's-eye view of Victoria Bridge
S. Russel
1860, 19th century
Watercolour and graphite on paper
53 x 129 cm
Purchase from Montreal Book Auction
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Painting (2229) , painting (2227)
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The Victoria Bridge was officially inaugurated during the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1860. The bridge was then tubular in shape. Measuring a total of 2 790 metres, it comprised 2 010 metres of tubes, with 25 spans resting on 24 piers.

Six steamships, 72 barges, 144 horses, 4 locomotives and 3 040 workers took part in the bridge's construction.