"Quebec Bridge" Pont de Quebec Tip by Blatherwick

Pont de Quebec, Quebec: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  Quebec Bridge
by Blatherwick

The Quebec Bridge holds the distinction of being the longest Cantilever Bridge span in the world at 549 m (1800 feet). The bridge has an interesting history that has had an effect on all of Canada.

Before the Quebec Bridge was built, the only way to travel from the south shore of the St. Lawrence in Levis to the north shore at Quebec City was to take a ferry. The first attempt to construct the bridge was a disaster. On August 29, 1907 the south arm and part of the central section of the bridge collapsed into the St. Lawrence River in just 15 seconds. Of the 86 workers on the bridge that day near quitting time, 75 were killed and the rest were injured. Disaster struck again on September 11, 1916, when the prefabricated center section was being raised into place between the rebuilt cantilever arms. This collapse killed 11 men. Construction was ultimately completed in August 1919.

Some have claimed that a portion of the collapsed bridge has been used over the past century to smelt rings used in the Iron Ring issued in the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer ceremonies, administered for graduating Canadian engineering students. However, the bridge was made of steel, not raw iron. Nonetheless these rings, voluntarily carried on the little finger of the working hand of professional engineers in Canada, are meant to serve as a reminder to engineers of their social responsibilities to follow the ethical requirements of their profession to avoid disaster.

Address: St. Lawrence River east of the city centre

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 1, 2006
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