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St. Catharines in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

International Shipmasters’ Association

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. International Shipmasters' Association Marker
Inscription. The maritime professionals who sail the ships on the Great Lakes are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their fraternal organization, the I. M. S. A. whose purpose is stated in the Association's constitution, "The purpose of this association's constitution shall be to unite all shipmasters and licensed merchant marine officers of the Great Lakes and tributary waters of good moral character, to elevate the character of its members and their profession, and to promote the safety of the Great Lakes profession."

The I. M. S. A. traces its origin to the Port of Buffalo, New York where, in the winter of 1886, the death of the first mate on the steamer "Boston" brought concern for his widow. The local masters and mates upon learning of the situation took up a collection and the Excelsior Marine Benevolent Association was created. This association was set up to establish an endowment fund to financially assist the survivors of the mariners who passed on.

Word of the Association's good works spread across the lakes. Lodges were formed in a number of ports. The first convention of all the lodges of the Association was held in Buffalo, New York in January 1891. At the third convention held in Port Huron, Michigan in 1893 the name of the organization was was changed to the Shipmasters' Association. Subsequently, the title
International Shipmasters' Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. International Shipmasters' Association Marker
International was added as it represents both the American and the Canadian seafarer.

In commemoration of the I. S. M. A. Centennial 1886 - 1986.
 
Location. 43° 9.337′ N, 79° 11.656′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Welland Canals Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is affixed to the rear of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R7K6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spring Tooth Cultivator (a few steps from this marker); Early Welland Canals (a few steps from this marker); Welland Ship Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Welland Canals and the St. Lawrence Seaway System (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipbuilding in Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); Horse Drawn Grape Hoe (within shouting distance of this marker); Bollards & Fairleads (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Identical marker in Buffalo, NY, USA
 
Also see . . .  St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre. (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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