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Edwin T. Douglas






The Edwin T. Douglas (left) , (or Edwin T. Douglass) built in 1923 by Napier & Miller Old Kilpatrick, Scotland, sailed for Upper Lakes (carrying coal, not oil).


The vessel sailed between the Orkney Isles and South Shields during the war, 1944 - 1946.


At sometime was converted to barge P.S. Barge No 1. Miraculously she was still around in 2000, owned by McAllister Towing. She was superceded by the new-style canaller, Calgadoc (right).

The caption on the post card reads "View showing the fuel docks which supply many freighters bearing cargos of oil and pulpwood in the Thousand Islands region, NY."

The Edwin T. Douglas , built 1923, sailed for Upper Lakes (carrying coal, not oil). At sometime was converted to barge P.S. Barge No 1. her owners were the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd (Boland & Cornelius, mgr), Port Colborne, Ontario, Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., Toronto (1936), McAllister-Pyke Salvage Ltd (1959 when she was made into a lightering/salvage barge til scrapped in 2000).

The Calgadoc, built in 1956, was sold off lakes 1975, sank off the coast of Mexico in 1981.





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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