File - Lady Hamilton (formerly the Cadillac)

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Lady Hamilton (formerly the Cadillac)

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  • 1952-1962 (Creation)

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1.5 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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American steel screw (propeller) steamer built in River Rouge, Michigan in 1928 by the Great Lakes Engineering Works. It was originally a ferry boat called the Cadillac and it serviced the Detroit-Windsor route. It was used during the Second World War as an ice breaker. The vessel was then upgraded and modernized and used as a day boat until it was bought by the Hamilton Harbour Commission in 1952 to replace the Hamiltonian. It was renamed the Lady Hamilton and operated as a day passenger boat and pleasure cruising vessel out of Hamilton Harbour. The file contains a bill of sale, ship name change documentation, registration and ownership documents and transfers, telegraphs, a certificate of marking verifying it’s seaworthiness, as well as correspondence between the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Hamilton Harbour Commissions, and the Department of Transport, to the Registrar of Shipping, Hamilton.

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