Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Safely in harbour

Logs pilled on the shore ; sailing boats in background.
Timber coves from Spencerwood, Québec, QC. 1872
Source: William Notman, McCord Museum, I-76310

In 1815, Québec was the capital of Lower Canada and its population was growing rapidly. The docks were abuzz with activity, transporting wood, shipbuilding and trading goods and welcoming immigrants. It was the third busiest port in North America, a title it would retain until the 1850s.

Founded ten years earlier, Trinity House controlled navigation in the ports and on the St. Lawrence River. Why? To ensure the safety of vessels and their passengers, not to mention their precious cargo!

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