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William Smaill Photo Album

Item consists of a photo album created by William Smaill, Superintendent of the Winnipeg Aqueduct Construction Company, Ltd. The album contains photographs of the aqueduct’s construction, company men and their families, recreation, camps and homes used during construction, the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, and the surrounding landscape (Shoal Lake, Whitemouth River, Indian Bay, Birch River). There are also several photos of Winnipeg during Decoration Day 1914, photos of Mayors T.R. Deacon, Thomas Sharpe, and R.D. Waugh, and two photos of an Anishinaabe camp at Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

The photos are heavily annotated. The annotations consist of names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes the section or specific mile of the aqueduct. A few photos appear to be missing and there are several loose pages with similar content. The photos are arranged somewhat chronologically – photos from 1914 generally precede photos from 1915 – but there are many exceptions.

Smaill, William

Test on a P.S. pipe, Transcona

Contract 55 - Canada Lock Joint Pipe, Ltd. precast pipe plant in Transcona. Hydrostatic pressure test on a "P.S." section pipe - 40 pounds pressure. Same pipe section as in image 709. P.S. section pipe was designed for railway crossings and the Seine River crossing.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Test on a P.S. pipe, Transcona

Contract 55 - Canada Lock Joint Pipe, Ltd. precast pipe plant in Transcona. Hydrostatic pressure test on "P.S." section pipe - 40 pounds pressure. Same pipe section as in image 718. P.S. section pipe was designed for railway crossings and the Seine River crossing.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Seine River Crossing

Contract 55 - Mile 4.4 - Seine River north of aqueduct crossing location, looking northeast toward Canadian Northern Railway main line at left and Rue Notre Dame at right (pole line).

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Seine River Crossing

Contract 55 - Mile 4.4 - Seine River at aqueduct crossing location, looking northeast toward Canadian Northern Railway main line at left and Rue Notre Dame at right (pole line).

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Seine River to South of Crossing

Contract 55 - Mile 4.4 - Seine River south of aqueduct crossing location, looking southeast toward Boulevard Provencher. City of St. Boniface water tower visible above building in center of image.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Party in Tunnel under Red River

Contract 56 - Mile 3.5 - Red River Crossing - Chief Engineer William G. Chase, Mrs. R.D. (Harriet) Waugh, G.W.W.D. Commisioner Richard Deans Waugh, (possibly) Effie Waugh, and Division Engineer J. Armstrong at East Shaft

Greater Winnipeg Water District

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