M989.146.1 | S.S. Quebec

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Shadow box
S.S. Quebec
Anonyme - Anonymous
1928, 20th century
20 x 89.5 cm
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Adams
© McCord Museum
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The paddleboat Québec carried passengers between Montreal and Quebec City.

In the 19th century, changes made to ship transportation increased its efficiency. Sailing ships were replaced by steamers, so navigation became less dependent on weather conditions. Steamer technology was also improved and, around 1850, the paddle wheels were replaced by screw propellers.

The Québec was also modified. On its first trip, in the 1860s, the Québec only had one smokestack. A second smokestack was added in 1880. In 1907, it would be completely refitted.

  • What

    This representation of the steamer Québec is a bas-relief, a sculptural relief that projects very little from the background image.

  • Where

    The Québec, which belong to Richelieu & Ontario Navigation, carried passengers between Montreal and Quebec City.

  • When

    The Québec was one of the most luxurious steamers at the end of the 19th century. Its passengers were mostly middle-class.

  • Who

    This steamer was built in the Lévis shipyard by the famous shipbuilder Hippolyte Dubord (1801-1872).