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   Funded by a donation from Scotia Bank Niagara Falls.  Image scanned by MES. (image/jpeg)
Title Montresor's Tramway
Creator  Breton, Carol
Description  haulage system designed to transport goods up the slope at Lewiston NY ;
Type  Still Image
Medium  Watercolour
Extent  55.47 x 37.23 cm
Created  1975.
Call Number  WC 41
Is Part of  Watercolour Collection
Subject  Niagara River - Lower
  Niagara Gorge
Place Name  Canada (nation)
Rights Management  ©Niagara Falls Public Library
Notes  Niagara Falls Heritage Foundation Government of Canada Local Initiatives Grant AK 2403-9 1974 - 1975 ; Research by George Seibel ; "In 1764, the British built a mechanized tramway which was known as "the cradles" to further assist movements of boats, supplies and arms to the top of the escarpment. Captain Montresor had devised this new way of hauling goods up the steep bank of the Niagara Escarpment which was known as "Crawl On All Fours". It would become the first elevator built in North America. It consisted of two wooden tramways leading from the dock along the Niagara River at the base of the escarpment to the top of the cliff. Two cradles were linked by rope over a pulley at the top so that when one cradle moved down one tramway, the other cradle moved upward. Each cradle was capable of carrying 12 - 14 barrels of supplies at a time. This cradle tramway was still in operation 46 years later" ThunderAlley;

Place Name  Niagara (river)
Publisher  Niagara Falls Heritage Foundation
Record ID  102612
Digital image 
Format image/jpeg
Size  750px X 503px
Resolution  150ppi X 150ppi
Digitization Colour Scan
Equipment Vidar Truscan Titan Atlas Wide-Format
Date 2005-02-04
Notes Funded by a donation from Scotia Bank Niagara Falls. Image scanned by MES.

 

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