STK-ID 32195

HAS looking forward of ship from bridge, of lift bridge in background. Various LSs of freighters, including the "Trans Ontario" frozen to a standstill in Lachine Canal, of various buildings and construction projects along canal, of freighters moving very slowly along channel, in ice-free water. HASs of workmen coaxing icy slush and chunks of ice through opening on partially open lock gates. Shot of ice collecting against closed lock gates. CUs of uniformed gate keeper shouting orders, of warmly dressed men chopping at ice in lock, of steel tipped rods poking into icy slush. Various longer shots of men at work on ice. Shot of lake freighter kicking up chunks of ice and slushy water, trying to ram through ice in canal. LSs and MCSs of men attempting to free ship from ice collected against sides by dropping large board or beam on ice, raising board, dropping it again. LS of freighter trying to ram its way through ice, frozen canal in foreground. Various shots of ships being loaded in Montreal Harbour. Hazy LS of Jacques Cartier Bridge, PANs to ice in river. Shot of foreign cars (2 chevaux) awaiting trans-shipment on docks. Long sequence on loading operations. MS of freighter leaving. (00/12/1958)


Excerpt from
Canal Freeze-Up
Saint Lawrence River, Montreal
National Film Board
Available formats
Video HI 8, Reel 35 mm
Shooting format
35mm neg b&w
Aspect ratio