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Dr. Gerald Bull: A Supersonic Scientist

Type: Film and Video

After working with wind tunnels in university, Gerald Bull is developing ways to use a gun to launch a missile.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Dr. Gerald Bull - Scientist, Weapons Maker, Dreamer

Type: DocumentFilm and VideoSound

Dr. Gerald Bull was like a figure in a spy novel, designing arms for some of the world's harshest regimes. With no shortage of possible enemies, he died at the hands of an unknown assassin. But the Canadian-born artillery expert was also a brilliant scientist with a dream: to launch a satellite with a giant gun.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Lieutenant-Colonel Gustavus Nicolls, Corps of Royal Engineers

Type: Image

Gustavus Nicolls was the designer of the Halifax Citadel, as well as Fort Lennox (Île-aux-Noix, Quebec). He commanded the Corps of Royal Engineers in Canada from 1815 to 1837. This portrait of circa 1813-1824 is attributed to his wife. (Parks Canada)

Site: National Defence

Real Stories - Our Past in Miniatures - Possibly John Montresor - Miniature Portrait - ca. 1765

Type: DocumentImage

Miniature portrait of Captain John Montresor. Between 1758 and 1760, Montresor was present at Louisbourg, the siege of Quebec, and the capitulation of Montreal. Includes access to descriptive archival record for the artwork.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: A Multi-Purpose Structure

Type: Document

The site at Coteau-du-Lac represented a major point of transit for British military logistics efforts. Between 1781 and 1814, the army developed large-scale infrastructures on the site, which testify to the importance the colonial authorities attached to improving and protecting transportation and communications along the route linking Montréal and Kingston.

Site: Parks Canada

Engineering - National Security and Defence

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films looking at various aspects of enginneering as it applies to Canada and her armed forces. The subjects of the films include recruiting of engineers for the Armed Forces, how military engineers construct bridges and airfields, and the affect these constructs have on Canada and its more isolated provinces.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

Gold Rush Prompts Border Survey

Type: Document

The Fraser River gold rush, starting in 1857, brought changes to the Pacific coast. The flood of American prospectors prompted the British government to take over the region from the Hudson's Bay Company. Royal Engineers were sent to survey the region, especially the border.

Site: National Defence

Canada within the Empire - Fortifying Canada. 1815-1837

Type: Document

The United States and Great Britain signed the Rush-Bagot Treaty in 1817 and peace settled between Canada and United States. Despite this agreement, both sides remained wary and built defensive installations to facilitate the transport of troops and supplies in preparation for possible future disputes.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Colonel John By, Corps of Royal Engineers, circa 1830

Type: Image

This half-tone print from 'The Dominion Illustrated' of 1891 was based on silhouette portraits claimed to be of Colonel John By. To date, no completely authenticated portrait in known.

Site: National Defence

A Phenomenally Expensive Canal

Type: Document

The most expensive part of the British defence works built in Canada during the 1820s and 1830s was the Rideau Canal, which connected the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario. The huge engineering project cost more than £1.000,000 instead of the £169,000 budgeted at the start.

Site: National Defence