After many years of prospecting in harsh and very forbidding terrain, immense deposits of iron ore were confirmed at the south-west tip of the Labrador-Quebec border in north-eastern Canada.The problem was that the area was very isolated and the only access was by seaplane or overland trek. No roads,no railroads,no people.
The discovery led to the forming of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, and the decision to establish initial camps at Wabush and Knob Lake, with the intention of developing the mines and eventually building a railway from Sept-Iles, Quebec, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.
In 1953 I was part of a survey team which set up and operated short range radar stations all over this largely unexplored wilderness. The stations were used to send control signals to aircraft using aerial 35mm. cameras to photograph the entire area and produce accurate maps which were then used to assist in the routing of the railroad and the mine sites. Actually, the aerial survey covered all of Canada and took about 7 years to complete. This photo was taken at Knob Lake in the summer of 1953. There were only a few rough buildings and everything came in by seaplanes such as the Canso amphibian you see. On the shore are the alternate methods of transportation, canoes.
Taken with a Voightlander 35mm. camera I borrowed from a friend, with Kodachrome ASA10 film, scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.