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Québec Bridge collapses with huge loss of life
The Québec Bridge, intended to cross the lower St Lawrence River, which collapsed when the centre span was being raised into position. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC 20540 USA

Québec Bridge collapses with huge loss of life

Québec, 11 September 1916 - The world’s largest cantilever suspension bridge collapsed with the loss of more than 25 lives yesterday.

The bridge crosses the St Lawrence River in the Canadian city of Québec and its central span was being hoisted into place when it fell, throwing many workmen into the river. More than 90 men were working on the span when it fell. Boats rushed and managed to save some but further fatalities are feared.

The bridge was in the process of being rebuilt having previously collapsed in 1907 with the loss of over 70 lives.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.