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Series S9 - First Narrows Bridge

Powerful crane on "creeper" lifts a section of North Shore tower into position.  Note m... "Creeper" is shown in position for erection of the top (and last) section of South towe... 20,000 tons of solid concrete form this "anchor" to the steel suspension cables on Nort... 367 days after this picture was taken the "Empress of Japan" passed under the Lions Gat... 4:30 a.m. All is in readiness for scow and tugs to haul four catwalk cables across First Narrows.... 4:50 a.m.  Five minutes later the four catwalk cables were secured on North Shore.  "Fispa&q... 5:23 a.m. Three of the eight-ton cables for catwalks have been raised 325 feet above tide mark.  ... A diver swings into position - lifted by derrick and wire rope.  Diver's air-line is being paid o... All road-beds are erected.  View from above cable anchorage on South Shore. Another view of the clamping of the 61 strands of one of the two suspension cables in catwalk at ... At 6:00 a.m. the catwalk cables (from one tower only) were secured.  Exactly 6 months later the l... At this time the steel work of the South tower was within two sections of top.  Picture shows how... Beginning of big rock fill at base of pier on North approach.  Bridge joins this pier and the roa... Beginning of the first caisson and general view of construction plant on South Shore from Prospec... Big 61-strand cables which support roadway, pass down these concrete "steps" into the c... Both bridge towers are finished and first few sections of catwalk have been raised into position.... Bridge construction plant from Prospect Point.  Everything in readiness for commencing the two ca... Bridge-head in Stanley Park.  Steel suspension cables will be held in position on top of the two ... Building rock-filled cribbing at water's edge on South Shore which are foundations for derricks. ... Catwalks are now being taken down in sections.  Marine Signal station in center. Clamping the last of the 61 wire ropes which go into each cable.  One of the cable anchorages on ... Clearing operations, North Shore bridge approach.  Finished driveway runs about 100 feet above bl... Close-up of one of concrete foundations for steel-work on North Shore approach.  Concrete is stro... Close-up of South Shore construction plant and trestle erected in connection with underwater foun... Commencement of construction plant on South Shore, seen from lookout, Prospect Point.  Buttments ... Concrete foundations for steel supports of the viaduct taken from old P.G.E. [Pacific Great Easte... Concrete foundations of North Shore bridge-cable anchorage, sunk to a depth of thirty-five feet. Concrete pier adjoining end of steel on North Shore approach .  Now all filled in and traffic pas... Construction of number two caisson framework from Prospect Point.  Bridge ferry-boat is seen head... Dredge getting depth on North Shore for basin for anchorage scows carrying building material Due to the tide, the scow carrying this first road section made two attempts before its position ... Erection of the first sections of steel for the roadbed where it enters Stanley Park.  Sections s... First rough grading of roadway through Stanley Park near bridge-head.  Now a fine concrete driveway. Foundation of North Shore pier sunk into position.  It will support north tower: will be filled w... Granite rocks were dumped inside the edge of this caisson before cement was poured.  Pump is carr... Grey sky and incoming tide and the new link across First Narrows.  Catwalks completed and in read... In mid-June, nine of the road-bed sections are in position between the towers.  Looking towards W... Long distance lens gives close-up of painters and electricians putting finishing touches.  Cable ... Long distance lens picture of first section of Bridge roadway.  Steel being raised from scow to c... Long-distance lens gives close-up of bridge construction on North Shore.  Tower foundations nearl... Looking down into east cable anchorage on South Shore, showing clamps which secure each of the 61... Looking north - viaduct now joins this structure.  Traffic will run over the top of it.  Viaduct ... Looking south from concrete pier at end of steel work on North Shore.  Steel structure of viaduct... North shore slash from old P.G.E. [Pacific Great Eastern Railway] tracks looking towards Marine D... Old piles stood almost in center of spot now occupied by bridge tower on North Shore.  Note slash... On this date the last of the 61 wire ropes which form each of the suspension cables were secured ... One of the "cellars" cut out of solid blue clay will be walled with concrete for cable ... Only the top steel-work bwetween the two pillars remains to be finished.  Roadbed will be laid ov... Painting quickly followed erection of steel.  Painter shown at work on North Shore viaduct using ... Progress made on construction of pedestrian subway and overhead traffic road at causeway entrance...
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First Narrows Bridge

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AM54-S9

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  • 1927-1950 (Creation)

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  • 0.13 m of textual records
  • 72 photographs (1 bound album)

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Series consists of records relating to the initial ideas, planning, development, and completion of Vancouver's major construction project of 1937-1938, the First Narrows Bridge (or, Lions' Gate Bridge). Includes news clippings; correspondence of West Vancouver's city clerk, late 1920s; narrative notes and annotations of J.S. Matthews; and photographs by David Loughan. Arrangement is chronological.

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Photographic images in this series have been described to the item level and assigned numbers in the range: CVA 265-1 to CVA 265-72

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Report of Vancouver Town Planning Commission on Proposed First Narrows Bridge, PD 735

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  • Box: 181-A-01
  • Box: 503-A-03 fld 01-03