MP-0000.1452.62 | Ice shove on Victoria Bridge abutment, Montreal, QC, 1873

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Ice shove on Victoria Bridge abutment, Montreal, QC, 1873
Alexander Henderson
1873, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card
15.4 x 20.6 cm
Gift of Miss E. Dorothy Benson
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , river (1486) , Waterscape (2986)
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Each spring during the 19th century, ice build-ups formed on the Saint Lawrence River. This photograph dating from 1873 shows the mountains of ice that accumulated that year next to the Victoria Bridge, which spanned the Saint Lawrence to join Montreal and the south shore.

In the background we can see several men standing amid the heaps of ice in front of a telegraph pole. Telegraph lines, which made their appearance in 1840, were generally built along the railway lines. A telegraph wire was placed on the Victoria Bridge, designed initially for train traffic, upon its opening in 1860.