Friends of Grain Elevators

Saskatchewan Pool 4A

Image Gallery

black and whtie image of the overall elevator completed

A view from land of Pool 4B with 4A's workhouse visible in the left-hand background.

black and white far away image of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool with slip included and title "Sask Pool 4" on the side of the building

A view of Pool 4A taken from the water. 4B's workhouse is visible right behind 4A's annex, and Richardson Main is visible to the far left. Rail cars sit on the outshore tracks after being unloaded.

black and white other angle of annex slip from Saskatchewan Wheat

Pool 4A's workhouse and annex under construction.

black and white annex slip from R son

Pool 4A's workhouse and annex under construction. Photo taken looking towards land.

black and white birds eye view of the port and the building of the other pool, taken from inside or on top of Pool 9

An aerial view of the foundations for Pool 4A. Like most elevators in the North End and Intercity, Pool 4A was on a water lot, requiring builders to drive piles for the foundation far into the lake.

black and white image of building the shed with house, looking towards Pool 9

Early work on the Pool 4A annex, workhouse, and car shed. The early Union Terminal (Alberta Pool 9) stands in the background.

black and white image with whaleback docked at the elevator

A detailed view of the loading side of Pool 4A's workhouse with a ship docked. A long line of boxcars entering the car shed is visible in the right-hand background.

black and white image of the workhouse pictured from inside Pool 9

A side view of Pool 4A's workhouse under construction. The perimeter of Richardson Main's foundation is visible in behind.

black and white photo of the annex slip and a information slip in the right corner stating "Elevator For Saksatchewan Co-Operative Elevator Co. LTD - Port Aurthur, Ontario - Aug 20 1917 - C.D. Howe Designing and Consulting Engineer - Barnett-McQueen Co. LTD. Contrators"

An early view of Pool 4A's workhouse and annex construction with a rail trestle in between. The bins for Union Terminal (Alberta Pool 9) are visible on the far left-hand side.

black and white far away shot of the elevator

A wide view of the completed Pool 4A before 4B was built. This design--with the workhouse and annex side by side and the car shed running between--was a popular orientation for elevators at this time, inspired first by the Empire Elevator and Grand Trunk Pacific Elevator in the South End.

black and white image of the storage bins. there are over 30 circular bins side-by-side that create diamond shaped holes

A view of the top of Pool 4A's storage bins, taken in October 1917. The main bins are the large circular silos, but the diamond-shaped interspace bins were also filled with grain to make full use of the space.

black and white image of cars parked in front of the water with a boat docked in behind, and elevator in the background

A view of the Pool 4A and 4B workhouses taken from the workers' parking lot. The Seaway Queen loads from 4A's workhouse.

black and white image of the entire elevator standing

A photo of Pool 4A's workhouse under construction, taken October 3, 1917. The main structure of the annex bins is all but complete.

black and white image of the men on the docking station

A photo looking into Pool 4A's basement receiving pits, taken in early 1917. Union Terminal (Alberta Pool 9) stands in the background.

black and white image of a birds-eye-view of the recieving pits

A photo of the very early stages of Pool 4A's foundation construction.

black and white image of boat docking in the port aurthur waterfront

Two dredges on Lake Superior, taken August 24, 1916. Dredges helped clear the elevator water lots and made sure the slips were deep enough for comfortable docking and loading.

building the sotrage forms in black and white

A bottom view of Pool 4A's various storage areas, taken June 5, 1917. Dredges can be seen at work on the Lake Superior harbour in the background.

black and white image of the elevator across the water - smoke leaving the elevator in use

A view of Pool 4A's early construction. Photo taken from out on the water looking inland on June 23, 1917.

black and white image of the annex slip deck

A view of Pool 4A's construction from within the annex area looking towards the workhouse. The slip forms for the concrete silos line the annex area in rows.

black and white image of the boat deck

A fascinating view of a ship loading at Pool 4A, taken atop one of the ship's closed holds.

black and white image of the dist floor

A photo capturing the pouring of the distributing floor, taken August 25, 1917. Workers on the right-hand side line up on temporary catwalks with wheelbarrows of concrete.

black and white men pouring matt

Using a wheelbarrow, workers pour concrete for Pool 4A's mattress foundation. Photo taken April 23, 1917.

black and white photo of the track shed after pool explosion

Ground wreckage from the 1952 dust explosion in Pool 4A's workhouse. This second dust explosion in the span of 8 years prompted real consideration for dust control measures across the waterfront.

black and white image of the elevator overall after explosion. the inner building has fallen inward

View of the damaged Pool 4A after the 1952 explosion. The blast extended out from the workhouse, also the nearby annex floor above the bins.

black and white photo from afar of the damage on the track shed from the explosion

A view of the 1952 explosion wreckage between the workhouse and annex. A pile of rubble and machinery can be seen forming atop the car shed.

building view of side from explosion in black and white

The blast from the 1952 dust explosion blew these holes in the Pool 4A workhouse. Six lives were lost.

south wall explosion, falling into the water, in black and white

A close up of the wreckage on the Pool 4A workhouse and annex floor after the 1952 explosion.

overview of the explosion from the side in black and white

A view of the damaged annex floor above the storage bins after the 1952 explosion. Alberta Pool 9 and UGG A are visible in the background.

workhouse and north wall with explosion hole in it in black and white

A close-up view of the blast hole in Pool 4A's workhouse after the 1952 explosion.

black and white birds eye view of the explosion

Another angle of the damaged Pool 4A annex floor after the 1952 explosion.

SWP-4A-4B

An engineering plan of Pool 4A and 4B made by CD Howe Company.

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