File - Arabian

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  • 1892-1935 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual material.

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Original accession forms indicate that this material was donated to the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives department in 1977, but the donor is unknown.

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Iron screw (propeller) freight steamer measuring 180 x 31 x 13 feet, 798 tonnage, built in Hamilton, Ontario in1892 by John Balmer Fairgrieve and Hugh Fairgrieve. The Arabian was built using a steam engine salvaged from the S.S. Canada and repurposed for the new vessel. The Arabian plied the waters along the Montreal to Lake Ontario route as a package freighter until it was removed from service and cut down for use as a barge in 1935. The file contains a builder’s certificate, a certificate of survey, registration and ownership documents and transfers, memorandums, legal documents, correspondence from the Department of Marine and Fisheries, the Montreal Transportation Company Limited, the Canadian Import Company Limited, and the St. Lawrence Stevedoring Company Limited, to and from the Registrar of Shipping, Hamilton, as well as telegrams, a bill of sale and a collision report.

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