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Off for her maiden voyage – a Franchini Family 15 ft Ranger Prospector Cedar Strip Canoe (2010)

handcrafted cedar strip canoe

Related Posts:

Index: The History of Canoeing in Canada Through Images

October 3, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

Historic Image of Montreal’s Port Area on the St.Lawrence River

Historic image Port of Montreal, from CNR Elevators

Reverse of Postcard

Addressed to: Mrs. Oscar S. Zimmerman, 1540 Lincoln Str, Berkeley, Calif.

Montreal, Friday 16th, 1926  Dearest Marg???, Leaving Montreal in great snow storm. Snowed all night feel great and not a bit cold. It’s fine and aim to leave at 8:45 a.m. due in N.Y. at 9:15 p.m. so long ride in sotrm (at least at the start. Had good time write later in day. (D.V.)…. from your hubby

Related Posts:

Index: Quebec Waterways

Montreal Harbour | Montreal’s Floating Dry Dock, Duke of Connaught

Montreal Harbour | Grain Elevator (Steamer discharging)

Montreal Harbour | Grain Elevator, Montreal Harbor

Montreal Harbour | Montreal’s Ocean Harbour

March 7, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The “Rapids King” in the Lachine Rapids (Montreal, 1910)

Shooting the Lachine Rapids | History of the Lachine Rapids | Montreal

From the archives of The Sunday Chronicle (1921)

DISABLED STEAMER – Rapids King is Beached in St. Lawrence River Rapids –

Ogdensburg, N.Y., July 16.- Strenuous efforts were being made tonight to remove 330 passengers form the steamer Rapids King, of the Canada Steamship Line, which was disabled in the Long Sault Rapids of the St. Lawrence River late today. The craft was disabled by the breaking of a rudder chain. the tiller was used to beach the vessel in seven feet of raging waters.  No boats were able to approach the disabled raft because of the swiftness of the current.

Reverse of Postcard

Mr. S. Bendit, 371 Broadway, New York City, New York

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March 7, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , | Leave a comment

Historical wire/cable ferries | St-Leonard N.B. – Van Buren Maine


Dear Amelia,

I rec’d your card before I left St. J. June 21st but was waiting for a letter. I am having a dandy time. Was to the “Cannon Ball” last night. Had’nt heard form Annie since I left St.John. Hope you are well & enjoying yourself. Write soon to your true friend Myrtle Dearton (?)

Historical Notes:

Today Saint Leonard, New Brunswick  is connected to Van Buren, Maine by the Saint-leonard-Van Buren (1972) bridge which replaced an earlier bridge (1911), which in its turn replaced the cable ferry which you see above.

Related Posts:

Index Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick

St Basile NB – Wire/Cable Ferry Boat (1915)

Edmunston NB – International Ferry (ca 1907)

Further reading:

Maine Memory Network – International Ferry, Van Buren, ca. 1910

Maine Memory Network – Van Buren to Saint Leonard Bridge

Cable ferry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cable ferries operating in New Brunswick, Canada

July 15, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Seville Theatre (1910s) | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

 Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (2/12)


 This is another vintage postcard from my Ste-Catherine St. collection. It shows Montreal’s core shopping district  (with trams, of course) at the turn of the twentieth century.


Related Posts:

Montreal In The Time Of Tramways | Introduction

Windsor Station – Traditional Transportation Making A Comeback?

Further Reading:

A poignant look at the Seville theatre today. « by Urban Lookout

November 19, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Windsor Station – Traditional Transportation Making A Comeback? Links Restored

In an article today by Andy Riga I learned of an exciting new project that would see Montreal’s venerable Windsor Station “reborn as a major transportation hub, welcoming trains, buses and tramways”. I have to admit that I rarely get such heartening news over my morning coffee and Montreal Gazette!

This proposed resurrection of Windsor Station heartens me because it’s one of Montreal’s grandest and most historic secular buildings, so anything that brings it back to its former glory is “a good thing”.  Moreover  this eco-friendly project fits in perfectly with today’s spirit of the times. Public transportation then-and-now – something to celebrate!

Windsor Station Montreal. Transportation, trains, historic image. A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection

Vintage Postcard

This is the first of a series of historic views of Windsor Station, Dominion Square and Windsor Hotel that I will be publishing over the next few weeks. The one I’m sharing today is from the early twentieth century, and in fact the faded postmark seems to read May ’08.

Reverse of Private Postcard

Windsor Station back

Further Reading:

Paging Lord Mount Stephen – will statue return to Windsor Station?

November 12, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , | 11 Comments