File - Cataract (formerly the Myles)

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Cataract (formerly the Myles)

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  • 1882-1915 (Creation)

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3 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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Screw (propeller) steamer vessel measuring 179 x 33 x 15 feet, 800 tonnage, built in Hamilton, Ontario in 1882 by Archibald Miller Robertson for Thomas Myles and Son, Coal Company Merchants. The vessel was a cargo ship that sunk in 1886 and was raised by the owners. In March of 1906, the Myles was re-named the Cataract when the Cataract Ice Company purchased the vessel. The file contains a builder’s certificate, certificates of survey, registration and ownership documents and transfers, ship stranding reports, memorandums, legal correspondence regarding bills of sale, receipts for bills of sale and mortgage payments, as well as general correspondence to and from the Registrar of Shipping from the Department of Marine and Fisheries, Thomas Myles and Sons Coal Merchants, Myles Transportation Company and the Cataract Ice Company.

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