Quote Originally Posted by David O'Reilly View Post
“Echoes Of The Past
(From the Spectator files of Thursday, April 23, 1896)
Residents of the Beach are anxious to know when the new-bridge over the canal will be ready. The masonry has been completed for some time, but no word has been received about the steel superstructure. Major Gray, government engineer, said today he was positive that the bridge would be finished by the busy season. He said the Dominion Bridge Company, of Montreal had been delayed by about a month in getting steel from England.”

Scott did the steel for the 1896 road swing bridge, really come from England? Your quote from Charles Cooper in the ‘Burlington Canal Bridges’ thread, indicates that the 1877 Hamilton and Northwestern railroad bridge, was built by the Hamilton Bridge Company.

And while there is nothing on where the steel came from, my assumsion, was that it came from Hamilton.
Maybe the steel didn't come from Hamilton as steel making didn't start in Hamilton until 1900;
Steel products were first manufactured in Canada in the 1880s. By the early 1900s steelmaking centres had been established in Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Iron and steel production grew slowly until the Second World War and then rapidly as the postwar economic boom created a tremendous demand for steel.

The Bessemer Process, invented in England in 1856, was the first large-scale steelmaking process. This method was followed by the invention, a few years later, of the open-hearth process, which from about 1900 to the early 1960s accounted for most of the steel production in the world. By 1910 the Bessemer Process was no longer in use in North America.

The Steel Company of Canada was established in 1910. It was founded after the merging of the Hamilton Steel and Iron Company (1900) with the Canada Screw Company (1866), Montreal Rolling Mills (1868), the Dominion Wire Manufacturing Company (1883) and the Canada Bolt and Nut Company