Sunday, March 13, 2016

the 'Dalhousie City' steamer from Toronto to Niagara, Canada, 1911

This dated from 1911, built by the Collingwood Shipbuilding Company Limited, 199.8 feet [61 metres] in length, 37.0 feet in the beam and 20.7 feet in depth. Her tonnage was registered as 1256 Gross and 752 Net. The ship lasted on Lake Ontario service to 1950 and was then sold to Lake Shore Lines Limited of Lachine, Quebec, who took her to Montreal. Refurbished and painted in her new owner's colours but not otherwise changed much in appearance, she ran excursion service during the summer months from Victoria Pier. For her new duties, she was renamed Island King II.

The steamer continued her regular sailings through the 1960 season, at the close of which she was laid up as usual in the Lachine Canal. During the night of 13-14 November 1960, she was totally gutted by a fire whose origin was suspicious.

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