Sub-zero temperatures froze the Lachine canal, lifeline from the Great Lakes to Montreal, and other stretches of the St.
M.L.S. SHIPS IN ICE CLOGGED CANAL.
M.L.S. PAN SHIP IN CANAL.
M.S. ICE, TILT UP SIDE OF SHIP "TRANSONTARIO"
M.L.S. CARGO BEING UNLOADED FROM SHIP IN CANAL.
C.S. HEAVY STEEL CARGO LOADED ON TO TRUCK AT SIDE OF CANAL.
M.S. MEN CHIP ACE AT SIDE OF CANAL.
C.S. CHIPPING ICE WITH PICKS.
M.S. WORKERS TRYING TO CRUSH ICE BY HITTING IT WITH POLES.
C.S. ICE AS BLOWS FROM POLE CRACK IT.
M.S. WORKERS TRYING TO DISLODGE SHIP FROM ICE WITH PIKE POLES AND HOSE.
M.L.S. WORKERS AT LOCK GATES.
M.S.TILT UP LOCK GATES COVERED WITH ICE.
C.S. PIKE POLES AND STEAM HOSE.
M.S. HEAVY SNOW, PAN TO SHIP WAITING AT LOCKS.
M.C.S. AS LOCK GATES OPEN.
M.S. SAILORS, AS SHIP MOVES SLOWLY THROUGH LOCKS.
C.S. ICE CHURNING FROM MOVEMENT OF SHIP.
M.S. "CONISCLIFFE HALL", MOVES DOWN CANAL.
C.S. LOCK GATES CLOSE.
L.S. SHIP IN CANAL.
M.S. CANAL WORKERS FORCE ICE CHUNKS OUT THROUGH PARTIALLY OPEN LOCK GATES.
M.C.S. STRAIGHT ON SHOT AS SHIP MOVES FORWARD IN CANAL.
C.S. SHIPSNOSES THROUGH ICE.
M.S. SHIP AT LOCKS.
C.S. LOCK GATES OPENED.
M.S. SHIP STARTS TO MOVE THROUGH LOCKS.
C.S. ICE, AS SHIP EDGES THROUGH.
M.S. SHIP APPROACHES RAILWAY LIFT BRIDGE COMING INTO MONTREAL HARBOUR.
C.S. CAPTAIN LOOKS AROUND HARBOUR.
M.S.PAN HARBOUR AREA.
M.C.S. AS "TRANSONTARIO" DOCKS.
M.S. LOADING AND UNLOADING AT HARBOUR.
M.S. DOCK WORKERS AS CARGO IS SWING OVER BY CRANE.
M.L.S. LOADING AND UNLOADING AT HARBOUR.
Initials S-D/CW A.S./P.B.
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Background: Sub-zero temperatures froze the Lachine canal, lifeline from the Great Lakes to Montreal, and other stretches of the St. Lawrence, Dec. Along the nine mile canal shipping inched forward, stern to bow. Lock gate gear has seized up and only a thaw can save shipping trapped in the area, despite round-the-clock efforts with ice-breakers, tugs, steam pipes and steel-tipped 20 feet long poles.
This is the Lachine canal's last season as a major waterway before it's superceded by the more efficient St. Lawrence Seaway. The canal is going down fighting. At one period more than 30 freighters were trapped or in danger being frozen in for the winter.
Montreal harbour traffic has been throttled. Nineteen ships are in the grip of the ice and another eleven are ice-bound in the stretch between Montreal and Sorel. Ice-breakers are trying to smash an escape channel.
Fuel is being flown to the stricken ships in Montreal harbour by helicopter. And at Sarnia, 1,500 tons of cargo on a freighter bound for the Lakehead were off loaded and sent by rail.
That's the position at present -- mariners and shoremen working furiously to clear the rapidly freezing water of shipping.