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Russel and Victoria piers were longer than their predecessors (just over 100m each) and also more solidly constructed using new techniques of cribwork.
A checklist of potential sources of fill would include railroad excavations and gravel pits, lakefront dredging of sand and stone, ships' ballast, and forests for cribwork timbers.
If all 1012 had been coastwise stonehookers from Port Credit or Bronte, each carrying 50 tonne (25 cubic metres), in three seasons they might have delivered most of the 67,000 cubic metres of stone used as cribwork filling.