N-0000.113 | James Hodges and staff, Montreal, QC, about 1859

James Hodges and staff, Montreal, QC, about 1859
William Notman (1826-1891)
about 1859, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
20 x 25 cm
Gift of Mrs. J. B. Learmont
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  informal (1120) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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This photograph taken in 1859 shows ten of the men who took part in the construction of the Victoria Bridge. James Hodges (1814-1879) is seated at the centre, in the front row. Among the others are David Aikman, John Duncan, William Newcombe, C. J. Spiller, Thomas S. Scott and William Ellis.

Peto, Brassey and Betts, the British engineering firm in charge of the construction of the Grand Trunk line and the Victoria Bridge, drew upon the experience of engineer James Hodges, whom it coaxed out of retirement. Hodges was in charge of construction of not only the Victoria Bridge, but of all the bridges, buildings, road beds and tracks between Montreal and Toronto.