Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

SHEARWOOD, Frederick Perry , b. 2 Sept. 1866, London, England; d. 22 Nov. 1956, Montreal. Educated by private tuition in England, he began his career in 1884 with the Sao Paulo Railway, Brazil. In 1887, he joined the Dominion Bridge Company, retiring in 1948. He served as a design engineer (1901-1910), as assistant chief engineer (1910-1920), becoming chief engineer in 1921. He played an integral role in the construction of bridges, notably, the Alexandra Bridge (1900) between Ottawa and Hull, and Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge (1929). He also took part in designing the roof structure of Maple Leaf Gardens (1931). He joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918) in 1892, was elected vice-president (1923), and served as president in 1934. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railroad Engineering Association, and the Corporation of Professional Engineers of Quebec. In 1955, he was awarded the EIC's Gzowski Medal for his paper: "The Stabilization of Suspension Bridges." With his colleague D.H. Duggan, he designed and built yachts that won the Seawanhaka Cup from 1896 to 1904. He belonged to the St. Lawrence Yacht and Pointe Claire Yacht clubs. An Anglican, he married Mary Howard and they had two children.

Graham Fischer