With this issue, we begin our comprehensive lay-up report for the current winter. In last year's report (and the year before that), we commented upon the unusual pattern of lay-ups which developed on the Canadian side of the lakes, and the same situation has occurred once again. Primarily as a result of the late-season grain rush, an inordinate number of lakers are wintering at St. Lawrence River ports (and particularly at Montreal), while some lake harbours have much smaller winter fleets than might be expected.
ALGONQUIN QUEEN (Q.C.Y.C. ferry), JAMES AULD (research vessel), AURORA BOREALIS (excursion boat), BAGOTVILLE (tug), CAROLYN JO (tug), CHALLENGE (excursion sailing ship), COLINETTE (tug), CORNICHE (excursion boat), CAPT. M. B. DONNELLY (wrecking barge), DUCHESS V (tug), EMPIRE SANDY (excursion sailing ship), H.M.C.S. HAIDA (museum at Ontario Place), NED HANLAN II (tug), HIAWATHA (R.C.Y.C. ferry), WILLIAM INGLIS (Island ferry), JAGUAR II (excursion boat), KENNETH A. (tug), KWASIND (R.C.Y.C. ferry), LOIS T. (tug), WM. LYON MACKENZIE (firetug), MAPLE CITY (Island Airport ferry), MARIPOSA BELLE (excursion boat), SAM McBRIDE (Island ferry), NIAGARA (excursion boat), ONGIARA (Island ferry), PATHFINDER (sail training vessel), PLAYFAIR (do.), PROGRESS III (derrick barge), R.C.L. TUG 11 (tug), THOMAS RENNIE (Island ferry), WILLIAM REST (tug), STE. MARIE I (excursion boat), FRED SCANDRETT (tug), SHIP-SANDS (excursion boat), GLADYS M. SIMPSON (tour boat), HARVEY H. SIMPSON (do.), K. WAYNE SIMPSON (do.), MISS KIM SIMPSON (do.), MISS SHAWN SIMPSON (do.), TERRY S. (tug), T.H.C. 50 (derrick barge), TORONTONIAN (excursion boat), TRILLIUM (ferry/excursion steamer) and WINDMILL POINT (alternate Island Airport ferry).
We have made no effort to list all of the charter and tour boats now on Toronto Bay, and have named only the most prominent of them. So great has been the proliferation of charter boats in recent years that it is difficult to tell many of them from the hordes of private cruisers seen on the crowded waters of our harbour. As well, several small workboats, scows, tenders, etc., have been omitted from our list.
BATCHAWANA (tug), BAYPORT (tug), GENERAL BROCK (dredge), GLENBROOK (tug), GLENEVIS (tug), KONIGSBERGER (tug), LAC COMO (tug), LAC MANITOBA (tug), LAC VANCOUVER (tug), ARGUE MARTIN (tug), PETITE FORTE (tug), PIONEER PRINCESS (Toronto excursion boat), R&LNO. 1 (tug), S.M.T.B. NO. 7 (bunkers barge), STORMONT (tug), TEAKBAY (tug), TRAVELLER (tug), BERT VERGE (tug), WEST PETE (tug).
The following major commercial vessels are reported to be wintering at the various lake and river ports, which we list as closely as possible by area. As usual, we do not include ferries, tugs, workboats, derrick scows, dredges, etc., unless specifically noted as such.
Montreal: ALGONORTH, ARCTIC VIKING, BEAVERCLIFFE HALL, BLACK BAY, CANADIAN LEADER, CANADIAN NAVIGATOR, CANADIAN PROSPECTOR, CANADOC, COMEAUDOC, FERBEC, JOHN A. FRANCE, IMPERIAL LACHINE, KANGUK, LUCIEN-PAQUIN, MAPLECLIFFE HALL, MAPLEHEATH, MURRAY BAY, OTTERCLIFFE HALL, PATERSON, PRAIRIE HARVEST, P. S. BARGE NO. 1, RIMOUSKI, RIVERSHELL, SAUNIERE, SEAWAY QUEEN, SIMCOE, SOODOC, STEELCLIFFE HALL, HENRI TELLIER, VILLE MARIE II, WHITEFISH BAY.
Welland Dock: ALGOWAY. Port Maitland: NO. 266029 (WILLIAM CLAY FORD). Port Dover: HUSKY 120, ORIOLE (Toronto excursion boat), SAMARU. Erie: CONSUMERS POWER, LAKEWOOD, NIAGARA, RICHARD REISS, J. S. ST. JOHN.
Toledo: ALGOSOO, ARMCO, J. BURTON AYERS, WILLIS I?.. BOYER, BUFFALO, COURTNEY BURTON, CALIFORNIA (tug), COLUMBIA STAR, COLUMBUS (dredge, ex ESPERANCE III), ADAM E. CORNELIUS, S. T. CRAPO, DEFIANCE (tug), JOSEPH H. FRANTZ, FUEL OIL (barge), GALWAY BAY (tug), JOHN T. HUTCHINSON, KINSMAN INDEPENDENT, ROGER M. KYES, SAM LAUD, WILLIAM G. MATHER, MEDUSA CHALLENGER, McKEE SONS, MIDDLETOWN, MONTANA (tug), NEWCASTLE (tug), ROBERT C. NORTON, CRISPIN OGLEBAY, WILLIAM A. REISS, RESERVE, W. C. RICHARDSON (hull), WILLIAM R. ROESCH, SAND PEBBLE (tug), UTAH (tug), FRED R. WHITE JR., CHARLES E. WILSON.
Tiffin: ALGOCEN, ALGOMARINE, plus ALETHA B. (tug - in Wye River). Port McNicoll: ALGOCAPE, ALGOGULF, ALGOSOUND, SENNEVILLE, SILVER ISLE. Owen Sound: CHI-CHEEMAUN, CLARENVILLE (restaurant), ELMGLEN. Frankfort: CITY OF MILWAUKEE. Ludington: BADGER, SPARTAN.
Milwaukee: ARTHUR M. ANDERSON, ROGER BLOUGH, BURNS HARBOR, CASON J. CALLAWAY, WILLIAM H. DONNER, E. M. FORD, J. B. FORD, EDWIN H. GOTT, PRESQUE ISLE, SPARROWS POINT, EDGAR B. SPEER. Green Bay: LEWIS G. HARRIMAN, ST. MARY'S CEMENT (barge), TRITON (tug).
Soo, Ontario: JOHN B. AIRD, CANADIAN ARGOSY (dredge), D.D.S. SALVAGER, FRONTENAC, NORGOMA (museum), YANKCANUCK, plus SEWELL AVERY and T. F. NEWMAN, now used as docks. Also numerous tugs and excursion boats.
We extend our most sincere thanks to the following T.M.H.S. members who assisted with the preparation of this report: Jim Bartke, Neil Bauman, Terry Beahen, Rene Beauchamp, Brian Bernard, William Breaker, David Bull, Clark Carruthers, Roger Chapman, Beverley Devey, Donald Dube, Harold Fricke, James Gallant, Jim Hoffman, Gerald Hutton, Stephen James, George Lee, Buck Longhurst, Charles Maltby, Alan Mann, Dan McCormick, Glen Moore, Jurgen Niemietz, Richard Palmer, Albert Short, Larry Tonnos, Ken Voss, John Vournakis, Fred Wagar, George Williams and George Zock.
Sharp-eyed readers will note that several ports are completely missing from our listing, and that is because nobody sent us the necessary information. In particular, we would like to receive reports for Lauzon, Quebec, Buffalo, Cleveland, Rogers City, Muskegon, Duluth and Superior. As well, if there are any corrections by way of additions to or deletions from the reports presented here, we would be pleased to hear of them, so that we might set the record straight in the March issue.
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