Aerial view of Whitney Pier. Photo credit George Hunter.
Given the central role that steel production has played in the history of Whitney Pier, we thought it only appropriate to highlight a few photos from our industrial past. Some of us grew up with the Steel Plant; lived nearby and worked there. Others remember it only through stories and memories shared by older generations. Though the steelmaking tradition in Cape Breton has ceased, we continue to honour the thousands of labourers who dedicated their working lives to the industry in the Pier, and remember their vast contributions to our community throughout the years.
Early workers during the construction of the Sydney Steel Plant.
Building the Plant.
Construction of the Sydney Steel Plant.
Dominion Iron and Steel Co. Machine Shop workers, 1950. Front row, left to right: Monty Mortimer, Alfred Evans, Berkley Evans, Howard MacDonald, Bill Fedora. Back row, left to right: Harry Tobin, Ron Adams, Ernie Yates, Rice Gaudet, Jim MacKillop, Albert Hennick, Gerard MacNeil, Ed Hubley, L.J. (Lem) Evans.
Group of workers tapping the No. 6 Furnace.
Joseph Sobol, Melter Foreman at the Open Hearth Furnace.
Sign promoting Plant safety.
No. 1 Blast Furnace ca. 1954.
Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation Headquarters, 1951.