Polson Iron Works Ships Built 1904

These are the ships built by Polson Iron Works in this year.
The sources of information for each ship (National Archives of Canada, N.A.C., Mills List, etc.),
are listed, along with other information, specifications, engine information and
links to a ship's 'Story,' if we have it.
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Ship Builds


ANTICOSTI

Date Registered:
Official Number: 116994. Mills #0326.

Vessel Description
121 x 24 x 19. 396 gross tons. Steel lightship.
Later No. 15, 1912
Lightship No. 15, 1949

Owned by
Dominion Government

Closing Information
Damaged by fire and sunk, Dartmouth N.S., November 2, 1918. Raised. Deleted 1960

VIGILANT

Date Registered:
Official Number: 117070. Mills #5687.

Vessel Description
177 x 22 x 13. 396 gross tons. Steel fisheries patrol vessel. It had four guns, new ones replaced the ancient muzzle-loaders in 1907. It was the first Canadian-built armed vessel.

Launched: September 20, 1907. Later rebuilt into a barge (1927).

Engine 12 1/2 - 22 - 36 x 21 by Polson Iron Works.

Owned by
Dominion Government
M. Chew, Midland, 1921
J.T. Payette, Penetanguishene, 1924.

Closing information
Scrapped in 1956.

WAWINET  Wawinet Story  

Date Registered:
[ 1904/07/11 ] Official Number: [ 116762 ]. Mills List #5817.
foundered and sank

First Registration
Name: [ WAWINET ] Location: [TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA ] Registriation: [ 15/1904 ] Date Registered: [ 1904/07/11 ] Official Number: [ 116762 ] First Registration: [ YES ]

Original Building Information:
Built By: [ POLSON IRON WORKS TORONTO ] Built At: [ TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA ] Date Built: [ 1904 ] Length: [ 87.00 ] Beam: [ 12.50 ] Depth: 8. Gross: [ 67.90 ] Net: [ 46.18 ]. Steel yacht.

Vessel Description:
Deck: [ ONE ] Type: [ CARVEL ] Stern: [KUCKLE COUNTER ] Stem: [ PLAIN ] Frame: [ STEEL ] Propulsion: [ STEAM SCREW ] Type of Rig: [ STEAM ]

First Engine:
Type of Engine: [ TRIPLE EXPANSION ] Number of Engines: [ONE ] Date Built: [ 1904 ] Built by: [POLSON IRON WORKS TORONTO ] Horsepower: [ 9.93 ] Unit Horsepower: [N.H.P. ]

Owned by
Sir William Mackenzie
Roderick Walker, Edmund Walker & Frank McCarthy, 1923
Harry Storey, 1937
Bert Corbeau 1938

Closing Information
Date Registration Closed: [ 1942/10/30 ] Date of Reason Closed: [1942/09/21 ] Reason Closed: [FOUNDERED AND SANK ] near Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay **

Source of Data
N.A.C., RG-42, C-7635, VOL. 484

** The Wawinet was owned and operated by Bert Corbeau, well known hockey player in the 30s, when it sank on September 21, 1942, a tragedy with loss of life. Read an interesting article on the tragedy by Kevin van Steendelaar.