Canada. Registrar of Shipping (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Canada. Registrar of Shipping (Hamilton, Ontario)

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The Registrar of Shipping, Hamilton, Ontario documented the ownership of small vessels and large passenger and freight ships, by administering and tracking ownership, transfers in ownership and vessel name changes. The Registrar documented the particulars of vessels through builder's certificates and ship surveys, and also compiled various correspondence, as well as reports for shipwrecks, strandings and collisions. In the early years, the Registrar of Shipping operated its offices out of the Hamilton Customs House, which handled the flow of trade and passengers through the Port of Hamilton and along the railway line.


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Registering ships passing through the Port of Hamilton.

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Fonds processed and finding aid created by Archives Technician Kelly Bucci, 2019.




Department of Transportation Ship Registration Division, Hamilton Registrar of Shipping, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. "History of the Customs House." Accessed May 31, 2019.

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