N-1975.36.1.8.1-2 | View of Montreal Harbour looking east from the Custom House, about 1878

 
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View of Montreal Harbour looking east from the Custom House, about 1878
William Notman (1826-1891)
About 1878, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
8.5 x 17.8 cm
Purchase from Edward McCann
N-1975.36.1.8.1-2
© McCord Museum
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Under the impetus of the Harbour Commission founded in 1830, Montreal harbour became the hub of Canadian shipping and rail transportation in the 1870s and 1880s. Permanent piers were added, the St. Lawrence was dredged to allow ocean-going ships to reach Montreal, and the first railway tracks were extended to the docks in 1871. All this paved the way for huge grain shipments from Western Canada. According to federal government records, on May 28, 1872, there were 70 ships moored in Montreal harbour. They likely included several three-masted square-rigged barques like the one shown here in William Notman's photographs.