Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia sailed through ceremonial gates marking the official opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway June 26, 1959
Tags: composite hull, Cornwall, drydocks, S.S. Yankcanuck, Yankcanuck Transportation Co. Ltd.
The S.S. Yankcanuck was the last of the composite hull vessels (iron above the water-line, oak below for easy replacement in case of damage) still working the Great Lake area in the 1950s. She was owned by Yankcanuck Transportation Co. Ltd., of Sault Ste. Marie, run by a Canadian skipper and his American wife, which gave rise to the name of the vessel. In 1954 she wintered in Cornwall’s drydocks where her planking and frame were renewed.
Tags: Canada Steamship Lines, Freighter, Second World War, St. Lawrence, Wellandoc
The Wellandoc was built as Edward L. Strong in Trois Rivieres, Quebec in 1922 to sail the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes. In 1926 she was sold to the Canada Steamship Lines and renamed Sherbrooke. During the Second World War she sailed under that name as a registered British vessel and saw service in the Maritimes and along the French coast. After the war, in 1946, she was sold and registered in Panama as Arosa. In 1951 she was sold to an Italian firm and called Ida O. A year later she returned to Canada when she was acquired by N.M Patterson and Sons Ltd. and named the Wellandoc.
The Weehawk and John L. Walsh carried traffic across the St. Lawrence’s south channel between Cornwall Island and Rooseveltown during the summer of 1958 for the Hudson River Co. The two boats maintained a 15 minute schedule between the mainland and the island.
The wooden hulled Venus was built over the winter of 1912 to replace the Sirius. The new boat was launched on April 18, 1912. It was fitted to carry passengers, as well as cars, across the river.
Tags: Canadian Coastwise Carriers Ltd., Freighter, Greeur, Maplebay, Ogilvie Flour Company, Sotteville, tanker, Transriver, Tree Line Ltd.
Ogilvie Flour Company later purchased the boat along with others to transport grain. Operating under Ogilvie’s firm Tree Line Ltd., the ship was renamed the Maplebay. She was finally taken over and refitted for tanker duty by Canadian Coastwise Carriers Ltd. of New Brunswick.
Tags: Canada Steamship Lines, Davie Shipbuilding and Repair Co, Freighter, Selkirk
Tags: Cockerell & Co., convict ship, Cornwall, dry docks, Success, Walter Kolbe
The ship Success was built in Burma in 1790 for members of Cockerell & Co. She served as a British merchant vessel, living up to her name, until 1802 when she was chartered by the British government to transport convicts with life sentences to Australia. She was fitted with 72 cells, intended for three prisoners each, but on some voyages there were over 350 prisoners who were crammed in. She transported prisoners until 1851, when she was permanently stationed in Hobart’s Bay, Australia as a receiving prison. She continued to be used as a prison ship until 1885, when she was scuttled and sunk. She was raised five years later as an exhibit to educate and remind people about the almost forgotten history of convict ships.
In 1912, Capt. D.H. Smith bought the Success and sailed it from Liverpool to Boston navigating her under her own sails. The accomplishment of Smith and his crew was compared to Christopher Colombus’ voyage across the Atlantic. Smith and his crew continued along the East coast, through the Panama Canal and up the West coast, where the ship was visited by huge crowds. She stopped in Cornwall in 1923, for repairs to her hull before heading on to the Great Lakes. She continued as an exhibit ship until 1943, when she was acquired by Walter Kolbe. She stayed near Port Clinton where Kolbe had some land until 1946, when she burned to the water line. The cause of the fire is unknown, though many suspect Kolbe set the fire because the Coast Guard was pressuring him to remove the ship.
Tags: Canada Steamship Lines, Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co, S.S. St. Lawrence
Tags: Captain Duncan Rankin, Lachine Rapids, S.S. St. Francis
In 1876 the St. Francis, along with its sister steamer Bohemian, began running between Cornwall and Montreal. Commanded by Captain Duncan Rankin, this deep bottomed steamer was wrecked in the Lachine Rapids under another Captain while Rankin was ill.
The St. Francis was remembered by the Huntingdon Branch of the Navy League, which named their Cadet Corps after the vessel.