In order to put our readers in the proper frame of mind for preparing their current lay-up listings and sending them in to us for publication the our February issue, we present herewith a partial lay-up list from the past. The following material is excerpted from the January, 1926, issue of "Canadian Railway and Marine World", and records the lay-up ports of a number of lake vessels during the winter of 1925-26. We hope that our readers will find it to be of interest.
Package Freighters - BEAVERTON and EDMONTON at Fort William; KAMLOOPS at Goderich; CANADIAN, CITY OF MONTREAL, KENORA and MAPLEBRANCH at Hamilton; CITY OF HAMILTON, CITY OF OTTAWA, LETHBRIDGE and OATLAND at Kingston; ARABIAN at Lauzon; GLENELLAH at Point Edward; MAPLEBROOK at Toronto.
Upper Lake Division - COLLINGWOOD and MIDLAND PRINCE at Fort William; MAPLE-COURT, MARTIAN, MIDLAND KING and SARNIAN at Goderich; GLENMOUNT at Midland; W. D. MATTHEWS and E. B. OSLER at Owen Sound; EMPEROR, J.H.G. HAGARTY, W. GRANT MORDEN, VALCARTIER and WESTMOUNT at Port McNicoll.
FRANK B. BAIRD and JUDGE HART at Collingwood; NORMAN P. CLEMENT and ROBERT W. POMEROY at Montreal; ALBERT C. FIELD at Port Colborne; SHELTON WEED at Port Dalhousie; WILLIAM H. DANIELS at Buffalo; EDWIN T. DOUGLASS, NISBET GRAMMER, JOHN A. HOLLOWAY, JUDGE KENEFICK, NORMAN B. MacPHERSON, WATKINS F. NISBET, JOHN J. RAMMACHER, JOHN B. RICHARDS, SHIRLEY G. TAYLOR and WILLIAM C. WARREN at Ogdensburg, New York.
GLENROSS at Collingwood; N. H. BOTSFORD, GLENCALVIE, GLENDOWAN, GLENGARNOCK, GLENLINNIE, GLENLOCHIE and GLENORVIE at Midland; ROBERT J. BUCK, GLENARM, GLENCLOVA, GLENEALY, GLENMAVIS, JOHN C. HOWARD, IGNIFER, JOHN B. KETCHUM 2nd and LEHIGH at Montreal; GLENBURNIE, GLENCASSIE and GLENFARN at Port Colborne; GLENBUCKIE at Port Stanley; FRANK A. AUGSBURY, BRIGNOGAN, GLENCORRIE, GLENDOCHART, GLENGELDIE, ROBERT P. KERNAN, JOHN F. MORROW, WALTER B. REYNOLDS, ROYAN and EDWARD L. STRONG at Ogdensburg, New York.
MALTON at Cornwall; BAYTON, LAKETON and LAMBTON at Goderich; BIRCHTON, CEDARTON, OAKTON, WIARTON and YORKTON at Kingston; BERRYTON, BROOKTON, MATHEWSTON, NORTHTON and ROYALTON at Port Colborne, ARLINGTON, EASTON and RIVERTON at Port McNicoll.
The foregoing report is notable in that it shows many of the Canadian canaller fleets in their transition years, before their big groups of "modern" British-built steamers had been assembled, or with those groups only partially completed. It is also interesting in that almost all of the vessels mentioned have now passed out of existence. To test our readers in this respect, we have a question for you. Excluding hulls now serving as docks, breakwaters, etc., how many of these ships are still active on the lakes? Careful now...
By our own best count, we figure that four still remain. MAPLEHEATH and EDWIN T. DOUGLASS (the latter now P. S. BARGE NO. 1) both serve the McAllister Towing fleet as lightering barges, at Kingston and Montreal, respectively. IOCOLITE is still active at the Soo as the A. B. McLean Ltd. barge CHARLES W. JOHNSON. Lastly, we believe that NORMAN B. MacPHERSON is still around as the self-propelled (outboards) spoil barge ILE D'ORLEANS, operated occasionally by McNamara Marine, but we stand to be corrected if she has since been dismantled. If you spot others that we have missed, please let us know.
The problem with recalling great lay-up fleets of the past is that it makes today's winter fleets look a bit dull. But please do not let that stop you from hurrying down to your local port and noting (carefully, please) the names of ALL ships laid up there. If you include tugs, ferries, etc., please be sure to mark them accordingly. Then send us your list and you will see it here in print in the February issue.
Reproduced for the Web with the permission of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.