• Short Summary

    Sub-zero temperatures froze the Lachine canal, lifeline from the Great Lakes to Montreal, and other stretches of the St.

  • Description

    1.
    M.L.S. SHIPS IN ICE CLOGGED CANAL.
    7 ft

    2.
    M.L.S. PAN SHIP IN CANAL.
    18 ft

    3.
    M.S. ICE, TILT UP SIDE OF SHIP "TRANSONTARIO"
    27 ft

    4.
    M.L.S. CARGO BEING UNLOADED FROM SHIP IN CANAL.
    33 ft

    5.
    C.S. HEAVY STEEL CARGO LOADED ON TO TRUCK AT SIDE OF CANAL.
    38 ft

    6.
    M.S. MEN CHIP ACE AT SIDE OF CANAL.
    46 ft

    7.
    C.S. CHIPPING ICE WITH PICKS.
    50 ft

    8.
    M.S. WORKERS TRYING TO CRUSH ICE BY HITTING IT WITH POLES.
    55 ft

    9.
    C.S. ICE AS BLOWS FROM POLE CRACK IT.
    60 ft

    10.
    M.S. WORKERS TRYING TO DISLODGE SHIP FROM ICE WITH PIKE POLES AND HOSE.
    66 ft

    11.
    M.L.S. WORKERS AT LOCK GATES.
    72 ft

    12.
    M.S.TILT UP LOCK GATES COVERED WITH ICE.
    82 ft

    13.
    C.S. PIKE POLES AND STEAM HOSE.
    90 ft

    14.
    M.S. HEAVY SNOW, PAN TO SHIP WAITING AT LOCKS.
    108 ft

    15.
    M.C.S. AS LOCK GATES OPEN.
    114 ft

    16.
    M.S. SAILORS, AS SHIP MOVES SLOWLY THROUGH LOCKS.
    120 ft

    17.
    C.S. ICE CHURNING FROM MOVEMENT OF SHIP.
    125 ft

    18.
    M.S. "CONISCLIFFE HALL", MOVES DOWN CANAL.
    131 ft

    19.
    C.S. LOCK GATES CLOSE.
    137 ft

    20.
    L.S. SHIP IN CANAL.
    143 ft

    21.
    M.S. CANAL WORKERS FORCE ICE CHUNKS OUT THROUGH PARTIALLY OPEN LOCK GATES.
    149 ft

    22.
    M.C.S. STRAIGHT ON SHOT AS SHIP MOVES FORWARD IN CANAL.
    162 ft

    23.
    C.S. SHIPSNOSES THROUGH ICE.
    168 ft

    24.
    M.S. SHIP AT LOCKS.
    173 ft

    25.
    C.S. LOCK GATES OPENED.
    179 ft

    26.
    M.S. SHIP STARTS TO MOVE THROUGH LOCKS.
    184 ft

    27.
    C.S. ICE, AS SHIP EDGES THROUGH.
    189 ft

    28.
    M.S. SHIP APPROACHES RAILWAY LIFT BRIDGE COMING INTO MONTREAL HARBOUR.
    195 ft

    29.
    C.S. CAPTAIN LOOKS AROUND HARBOUR.
    199 ft

    30.
    M.S.PAN HARBOUR AREA.
    212 ft

    31.
    M.C.S. AS "TRANSONTARIO" DOCKS.
    217 ft

    32.
    M.S. LOADING AND UNLOADING AT HARBOUR.
    222 ft

    33.
    M.S. DOCK WORKERS AS CARGO IS SWING OVER BY CRANE.
    228 ft

    34.
    M.L.S. LOADING AND UNLOADING AT HARBOUR.
    235 ft



    Initials S-D/CW A.S./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA89HVW899CRRNW7G09ZEVXDNL0
    Media URN:
    VLVA89HVW899CRRNW7G09ZEVXDNL0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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