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Shipbuilding in Niagara

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. Shipbuilding in Niagara Marker
Inscription. Shipbuilding has a long association with the Niagara Peninsula, and is especially linked to the Welland Canals. Russell Armington established this important industry with the launching in 1828 of the WELLAND CANAL. St. Catharines quickly became the major shipbuilding centre in Niagara.

Shipbuilders such as Abbey, Beatty, Muir, Shickluna and Simpson practiced their trade in several communities along the Welland Canal. They were respected throughout the Great Lakes for the quality design and construction of schooners, barques, barquentines, steamers, dredges, tugs, and other vessels.

Simpson's Ship Yard, 1874 advertisement: Melancthon Simpson's family were involved in shipbuilding in at least a dozen Ontario communities. From the St. Catharines General and Business Directory for St. Catharines for 1874. J. Horwitz, Compiler and Publisher.

In 1946 Charles Ansell, then Manager of Muir Bros. Dry Docks, established the Port Weller Dry Docks and it became an active ship repair and shipbuilding yard. Today, Port Weller Dry Docks carries on this marine tradition on the banks of the present Welland Canal, and is now the largest shipbuilder on the Canadian Great Lakes.

This anchor is a symbol of these early shipbuilders and recognizes the important part this industry has played in the Canadian economy.

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Shipbuilding in Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. Shipbuilding in Niagara Marker
International Shipmasters' Association marker in the background affixed to the museum building.
by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd., in association with the St. Catharines Museum, and unveiled on "Merritt Day", November 29, 1993.

Muir Bros. Dry Dock [obscured] Yard, 1882: Port Dalhousie shipbuilders who built [obscured] fleet of vessels. St. Catharines Museum, [obscured] Frank Hawley Collection.

Louis Shickluna, 1871: prominent Great Lakes shipbuilder who reportedly built and rebuilt over 130 vessels. St. Catharines Museum, N 2796-from Maj. Donald C. Holmes.

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Erected 1993 by Port Weller Dry Docks.
 
Location. 43° 9.32′ N, 79° 11.663′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Welland Canals Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre between the museum building and the canal. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horse Drawn Grape Hoe (a few steps from this marker); Spring Tooth Cultivator (a few steps from this marker); The Welland Canals and the St. Lawrence Seaway System (a few steps from this marker); Bollards & Fairleads
Shipbuilding in Niagara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. Shipbuilding in Niagara Marker
Northward. William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 marker in background.
(within shouting distance of this marker); International Shipmasters' Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Welland Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); Vertical Lift Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Welland Ship Canal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Also see . . .  St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre. (Submitted on August 15, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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