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Loading Steamers with Wheat from Elevators -- Fort William, Ontario, Canada


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Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Stereographs
Description:
Three crew and an officer observer the loading of grain through an open hatch, standing just forward of the engine space. A grain elevator can be seen in the background.
Inscriptions:
"55 Loading Steamers with Wheat from Elevators -- Fort William, Ontario, Canada" "Copyright 1900 by Underwood & Underwood" "Underwood & Underwood Publishers, New York, London, Toronto - Canada, Ottawa - Kansas" "Works and Studios Arlington, N.J. Westwood N.J." Reverse:

"You are 280 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, at the chief Canadian port on Lake Superior. Here at Fort William the western and eastern sections of the C. P. R. R. meet.

The stream you see pouring down into the vessel's hold is wheat from the great prairie farms of Manitoba. It is coming down from a huge bin in a gigantic elevator like the one that you see over there ahead on the shore.

This grain was raised on farms where everything is done on a large scale with machinery such as no farmer dreamed of a generation ago. It was harvested with the aid of machinery that cut the stalks and bound them as it moved along over the field drawn by three or four stout horses. Freight cars brough it to the elevator here, and from the cars it was drawn up in to the storage bins by means of a series of buckets working on an endless belt, the whole running inside a protecting box or "leg" to shelter it from wind and weather. Now, after passing through a self-registering hopper which measures the exact number of bushels passed, it is coming down again as you see through this huge spout. Thirty thousand bushels can by ths modern method be transferred in a single hour. The three storage elevators here at Fort William can together take care of nearly four million bushels. Steamers carry the grain from here down to different point on the Great Lakes, and to Montreal, where cargoes can be transferred to ocean-liners and sent around the world.

From Descriptive Bulletin No. 4, copyrighted, 1904, by Underwood & Underwood

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood
Place of Publication:
New York, NY
Date of Original:
c 1900
Dimensions:
Width: 17.8 cm
Height: 8.9 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
318
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.3666282034507 Longitude: -89.2330169677734
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Loading Steamers with Wheat from Elevators -- Fort William, Ontario, Canada


Three crew and an officer observer the loading of grain through an open hatch, standing just forward of the engine space. A grain elevator can be seen in the background.