VIEW-1332 | View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884

View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884
Wm. Notman & Son
1884, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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In 1884, the port was a source of pride for all Montrealers. Thirty years of private and public investment had brought about substantial improvements in the infrastructure. The port then had a spectacular increase in cargo traffic and arrivals of immigrants and travellers.

The cycle of the seasons and the rhythm of port life fascinated Montrealers and drew them to the harbourfront. In the summer, the spectacle was at its best. The tall ships coming from the West Indies and the Maritime Provinces rubbed shoulders with the transatlantic steamships and the more modest ships leaving for the Ottawa and the Richelieu Rivers. Strollers and tourists could observe the stevedores and carters working on the wharfs, while farmers from the neighbouring parishes, loaded down with eggs, butter and fresh vegetables, hurried to the market stalls. The voices of sailors, shop assistants, merchants and foremen mixed with the creaking of the axles of freight wagons and the whinnying of horses.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)