MP-0000.1452.57 | Crossing to St. Helen's Island, near Montreal, QC, 1875

 
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Crossing to St. Helen's Island, near Montreal, QC, 1875
Alexander Henderson
1875, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
27 x 35 cm
Gift of Miss E. Dorothy Benson
MP-0000.1452.57
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , river (1486) , Waterscape (2986)
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In this photograph, six men are pulling a canoe over the mountains of ice that have accumulated in front of Montreal, in the direction of Île Sainte-Hélène.

The ice jams occurred in the spring, with the volume and speed of the river increasing as the ice melted. The currents were so strong that they carried off huge quantities of ice that then piled up where the watercourse narrowed.