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THE POLSON IRON WORKS OF OWEN SOUND - THE MANITOBA & THE ONTARIO

By Bruce Rudolph

The building of the Manitoba marks a significant achievement in Canadian history. She would be built by the first Canadian shipyard equipped for steel shipbuilding. From an industrial archaeology point of view, the Manitoba was the starting point of steel shipbuilding in Canada.

FreshWater, a Journal of Great Lakes Marine History, published by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Ontario. Volume 10, No. 1, 1995.

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Pages Cover to 8, (9.34 MB),    Pages 9 to 16 (8.7 MB),     Pages 17 to 24 (6.48 MB)

SENATOR W. E. SANFORD AND HIS YACHT NAIAD

By Bruce Rudolph

Polson Ironworks & W.E. Sanford. "...just weeks before [the launch of the Ontario, Canada's first steel rail car ferry], a court order arrived forcing the Polsons into the hands of a liquidator. To save themselves from bankruptcy new capital had to be raised, investors had to be found. Men not only with capital but with business and political connections. One of these men was Senator William Eli Sanford."

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Pages 2-3-4, (2.9 MB),    Pages 5-6-7 (2.5 MB)    Pages 8-9-10 (3 MB)     Pages 11-12-13-14 (2.9 MB)

A TUG OF WAR OVER BATCHAWANA

By Paul Wilson, The Hamilton Spectator, January 18, 2008

The sheriff is auctioning off the little rusty boat that doesn't measure up in a post-9/11 world. "... the sheriff has also seized a tugboat. It's called the Batchawana, built in 1912, and he will "offer it for sale by public auction at the John Sopinka Court House 45 Main Street East, Suite 126, Hamilton on Jan. 23, 2008 at 11 a.m." The tug is owned by one Arthur Gray. He is a legend in diving circles. He is 84 and has been in the business since 1952."

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SHIP OF THE MONTH No. 25 SEGUIN

By Jay Bascom, November 1972, The Scanner, Toronto Marine Historical Society

In the late 1880's, Polson Iron Works Ltd. of Toronto established a branch shipyard at the Georgian Bay port of Owen Sound, Ontario. The first vessel built at the new yard was the famous passenger and package freight steamer MANITOBA launched in 1889 for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a replacement for the unfortunate ALGOMA. In fact, the engines of ALGOMA were salvaged from the wreck on Isle Royale and fitted in MANITOBA where they served until..."

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