More than one million containers transit the Port of Montréal every year, making it one of the key ports of the North Atlantic.
Montréal and the steamship building industry
Between 1819 and 1841, about 60 steamships regularly travelled the St. Lawrence and its tributaries. More than one-quarter of them were built in shipyards in or around Montréal!
Québec City area shipyards specialized mainly in sailing ships. The few steamers assembled here were, for the most part, machined in Montréal.
First steam whistle
In 1853, it caused panic on both shores of the St. Lawrence. For the first time, a steam whistle had been installed in a boat.
The sound it produced was so startling that people expected to see a sea monster emerge from the waters.
A college principal even warned his students against this infernal beast! It was only a few weeks later that they learned the origin of this terrifying noise.
Nowadays, the St. Lawrence shipbuilding industry is increasingly directed at building high-end ships reflecting technological advances.
Québec has seven active shipyards that build and repair ships, in addition to building wharves and oil and gas platforms.
The manufacturing processes are modern and specialized and the equipment used is top-quality.