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Edwin T. Douglass: Director Eastern Grain Mill and Elevator Corporation, Manager The Concrete Elevator
Businessmen -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1913

The ship Edwin T. Douglas(s) was named for him.

He was:
•  a Governor of the New York State Nautical School: Edwin T. Douglas, of Buffalo, a member of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce in 1913.
•  manager in charge of vessel operations in 1916  (? in Merton)
•  a member of the Citizens' advisory committee of the city of Buffalo c1926
•  General manager, New York, of the Western Transit Co. C1910

In 1923, Edwin T. Douglas of the Douglas Agency Corporation, grain handlers, [says] that during the past season more than 24,000,000 bushels of grain have been shipped to Montreal from Buffalo via the Welland Canal and the New York State Barge Canal took 18,000,000 bushels of grain to New York from Buffalo.

In the company's [Eastern Grain, Milling and Elevator Company, of Buffalo] charter, it was stated that John J. Rammacher was president, George J. Grammer was secretary, and Norman B. Macpherson was treasurer, with Fred Wood, of Port Colborne, as Canadian manager. If so, the list of directors did not remain the same for long. According to Canadian press reports, the "original" officers of the company were Nisbet Grammer, president; John J. Rammacher, vice-president and treasurer; Edwin T. Douglass, vice-president, and Norman B. Macpherson, secretary. H. H. Goode of the Ca nadian Furnace Company, Port Colborne, was the Canadian representative of the firm.

The Eastern Steamship Company was formed to take grain from the elevators at Buffalo and Port Colborne and move it down through the small locks of the old Welland and St. Lawrence canals. The company's owners, however, were not experienced in the running of steamships and, accordingly, the fleet was managed for them by Boland and Cornelius, of Buffalo, which also managed the operation of some U . S. -flag upper lake steamers which also were owned by Grammer and his associates. The Eastern Steamship Company Limited was to own 21 canallers during its relatively short period of operation. The ships spent most of their time taking down to St. Lawrence River ports the grain that had been brought to Buffalo and Port Colborne by upper lake carriers, but they carried significant amounts of coal as well. They frequently return ed up the lakes with cargoes of pulpwood.

The first ships owned by the new company comprised a group of ten steam powered canallers which were ordered from various United Kingdom shipyards on December 22, 1922. The contract price for each vessel was $330, 000 and all of the construction took place under the supervision of A. B. Mackay.

This gentleman was an entrepreneur who for many years had been involved in the shipping business at Hamilton, Ontario, but at the time of his involve ment with the Eastern Steamship boats, he was a resident of Great Britain.

Mackay reportedly dealt on behalf of Eastern with Messrs. H. E. Moss and Company, of Liverpool, who were represented by one Mr. A. G. Jones, and the contracts were let to five British yards, each of which was to construct two steamers. These vessels, named FRANK B. BAIRD, NORMAN P. CLEMENT, WILLIAM H. DANIELS, EDWIN T. DOUGLASS, ALBERT C. FIELD, NISBET GRAMMER, JUDGE HART, WATKINS F. NISBET, ROBERT W. POMEROY and JOHN J. RAMMACHER, all were built during 1923, and proved to be very successful in their designated lake and river trades.

So successful were they that, in 1924, Eastern placed the first orders for what eventually would be eleven more canal steamers to be built in two Uni ted Kingdom yards.

Source: Our Ontario



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Edwin T. Douglas was an American inventor who is best known for his invention of the Douglas Electrical Transmission System, which was a significant advancement in the field of electrical power transmission. This system was used to transmit electricity over long distances more efficiently than previous methods, and it played a key role in the development of the modern electrical power grid.

Douglas was born in 1867 in Massachusetts and began his career as an electrical engineer working for General Electric. He later founded his own company, the Douglas Electric Company, which focused on developing and commercializing his transmission system.

In addition to his work on the transmission system, Douglas also made important contributions to other areas of electrical engineering, including the development of the first practical high-frequency generator and the design of a new type of transformer.

Douglas died in 1947, but his contributions to the field of electrical engineering continue to have an impact today.

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The ship Edwin T. Douglass was named after Edwin T. Douglass, a prominent businessman and politician from the state of Maine. Douglass was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1883 to 1885 and later served as the Governor of Maine from 1889 to 1893. The ship was built in 1903 by the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and was used for transporting cargo and passengers between the United States and South America.

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The ship Edwin T. Douglass was named for a prominent businessman and politician from the state of Massachusetts in the United States. Edwin T. Douglass was born in 1841 and served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1873 to 1874. He was also involved in the shipping industry and was a partner in the firm of E.T. Douglass & Company. The ship was likely named for him as a tribute to his contributions to both business and politics in his home state.



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