M990X.374.1 | The Prince of Wales Laying the Last Stone of the Victoria Bridge Over the St. Lawrence
The Prince of Wales Laying the Last Stone of the Victoria Bridge Over the St. Lawrence
George Henry Andrews (1816-1898)
1860, 19th century
Ink on paper
27.7 x 42 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords: event (534) , History (944) , Print (10661)
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In his book, The Tour of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales Through British America and the United States, by a British Canadian, published in 1860, the author James Henry Morgan described the ceremony of the laying of the last stone of the Victoria Bridge.
His Royal Highness took the trowel, and with a few dexterous strokes levelled the mortar, previously roughly spread. The stone was then lowered under the direction of Mr. Hodges' foreman. While the tackle was being adjusted, H.R.H. looked with evident interest at the broad river-scenery before him, and made smiling observations to the Duke of Newcastle and the Governor General. At length the large mass was lowered to its permanent resting-place. It was a stone 10 feet long by six broad and two deep, weighing several tons. The Prince concluded this part of the ceremony with one or two formal taps with the masonic gavel, and the Bridge was completed, to be henceforth known by the name of Victoria Bridge.