Monday, February 11, 2008
La Tortue Wharf
I am doing some research on the ferries that plied the river between Verdun and the Laprairie side.The term LA TORTUE is used in many books that I consulted wich seem to contradict themselves. For example, the 2nd ave wharf (Leblanc), the Riverview wharf and the wharf in Laprairie are all referred as the La Tortue wharf. The Riverview (Allard) wharf is also refererred to as the Torchy wharf by some members.
There is also referrence to the La Tortue Ferry Boat Channel on an old map of Public Works Canada. There is also the Paroisse La Tortue in Laprairie, riviÃ¨re La Tortue and gens de la Tortue.
Obviously the term La Tortue was used for many subjects over the years. Perhaps some members have some knowledge to help us shed some light on the matter. I bet Les will come up with something.
Here is a photo of one of these ferries unloading at the Riverview wharf around 1910. The ferries transported south shore farmers with their produce to be sold at the Bonsecours market: