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Prince Edward County - shipping lines

Bibliography and brief description

These [steam] shipping lines were either based in Prince Edward County, Ontario, or touched in the County on a regular basis.

CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES, LIMITED, MONTREAL, QUE

Incorporated 17 June 1913 as Canada Transportation Lines, Limited. Acquired corporate name on 4 December 1913 by merger of the Northern Navigation Company, the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, Compagnie du Richelieu, Canada Interlake Lines, Ontario and Quebec Navigation Company, Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Steamboat Co., the Quebec and Steamship Co. and a group of subsidiaries of the Richelieu & Ontario Co. In 1925, Canada Steamship Lines bought Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Two years later the company owned 115 ships. Reorganized in 1937. Ceased Lake Ontario passenger service in 1952 and all passenger service on 10 November 1965. CSL sold the Hotel Tadoussac in 1966 and the Manoir Richelieu in 1968. In 1975 it became wholly owned by the Power Corporation of Canada, Limited. In January of 1980 it became a component of the CSL Group, Incorporated. Still active as of 1990. NOTE: materials from the Northern Navigation Division can be found under the beading of Northern Navigation Company.

Extensive documentation, including:

Profils d'entreprises québécoises, Longueil, Éd. Biographiques Canadiennes-françaises, 1986, p.93.

L'Encyclopédie du Canada : édition 2000, Montréal, Stanké, 2000, p.402.

Edgar Andrew Collard, Passage to the Sea : The Story of the Canada Steamship Lines, Toronto, Doubleday, 1991.

James Murton, «La «Normandie du Nouveau Monde» : la société Canada Steamship Lines, l'antimodernisme et la promotion du Québec ancien», Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, vol.55, no.1, été 2001, p. 3 à 44.

Bay of Quinte, Thousand islands, Montreal, [and] Quebec [via the Ontario, Bay of Quinte, and Quebec Division]. [Chicago: Poole Bros., 1914]. 1 sheet folded to [16] p, Illus., map. MSaP.

LAKE ONTARIO & BAY OF QUINTE STEAMBOAT COMPANY, LIMITED, KINGSTON, ONT

Incorporated in 1893. Known as the Bay of Quinte Line. Merged on 4 December 1913, with the Canada Steamship Lines.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand islands. Kingston: Jackson Press, [1890?] 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand islands. [Rochester?, 1893?]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand Islands. [Rochester?, 1894?]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOKQ, CaOOA, MSaP.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand islands. [Rochester?, 1895?]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOOA, MSaP.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand Islands. Rochester: Vredenburg & Co., [1896]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand Islands. [Rochester?, 1898?]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. CaOOA, NR.

Steamer North King daily between Port Hope, Cobourg, Ont., and Rochester, N.Y., connecting Grand Trunk and N[ew] Y[ork] C[entral] railways, etc., July 1899. [Rochester?, 1899]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus., map. CaOOA, NR.

Scenic and ... sporting tours descriptive of the Bay of Quinte, the Kawartha Lakes region, and the hunting and fishing grounds on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte, Central Canada. Rochester, NY: Union and Advertiser Press, [1900]. 83, [5] p. Illus., map. CaOKQ, CaOTAr.

The Bay of Quinte route to the Thousand Islands. Rochester, NY: Union & Adv[ertising] Press, [1901?]. 1 sheet folded to [18] p. Illus., map. MSaP, ViNeM.

Scenic and ... sporting tours descriptive of the Bay of Quinte, the Kawartha Lakes region, and the hunting and fishing grounds on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte, Central Canada, season 1901. Rochester, NY: Union & Advertising Press, [1901]. [2], 75, [5] p. Illus., folding maps. MSaP.

Kawartha Lakes, Bay of Quinte, [and] 1000 Islands. Toronto: W[esley] S[andfield] Johnston & Co., [1907]. 32 p. Illus., folded map. CaOOA.

Kawartha Lakes, Bay of Quinte, [and] 1000 Islands [where] summer and fishing resorts [are] reached by the Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Steamboat Co., Limited. Toronto: W[esley] S[anfield] Johnston & Co., [1911?]. 32 p. Illus., folded map. CaOOA.

LAKE ONTARIO NAVIGATION COMPANY, LIMITED, TORONTO, ONT

Incorporated on 23 April 1892. Apparently went out of existence around 1920.

Niagara Falls Line steamer Empress and Grand Trunk Railway System for Toronto, the Muskoka District, Kingston, Thousand Islands, Montreal, Quebec, and all points in Ontario and Quebec. [N.p., 1898]. 1 sheet folded to [4] p. Map. CaOOA.

St[eame]r Argyle sailing tri-weekly between the 1000 islands of the St. Lawrence River and Alexandria Bay, Rockport, Ont., Gananoque, Kingston, Oswego, Sodus Point, Charlotte, [and] Toronto. [N.p., 1899]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus. Effective June 24. CaOOA.

Steamer Argyle sailing tri-weekly between Toronto, Charlotte, Sodus Point, Oswego, Kingston, Rockport, Ont., Alexandria Bay and the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence River. [N.p., 1899]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus. Effective June 24. CaOOA.

St[eame]r Argyle [sailing schedule]. [N.p., 1900]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus. CaOOA.

MONTREAL & ROCHESTER TRANSIT COMPANY, PICTON, ONT

Probably established about 1890 by Arthur W. Hepburn. Familiarly known as the "Bay of Quinte Line." Became the Montreal, Rochester & Quebec Transit Company around 1900.

Steamer "Alexandria" [to] Rochester, Bay of Quinte, Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence Rapids and Montreal, calling at all intermediate points, 1893. [N.p., 1893]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus. CaOOA.

Steamer "Alexandria" [to] Rochester, N.Y., Bay of Quinte, Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence Rapids, and Montreal, calling at all intermediate ports, 1899. [N.p., 1899]. 1 sheet folded to [6] p. Illus. CaOOA, NR.

MONTREAL, ROCHESTER & QUEBEC TRANSIT COMPANY, PICTON, ONT

Apparently created around 1900 as successor to the Montreal & Rochester Transit Company. In 1905 it became the Ontario & Quebec Navigation Company, Limited.

Steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Olcott Beach, Rochester, Thousand Islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence Rapids, Quebec, Bay of Quinte, [and] calling at all intermediate ports, 1902. [N.p., 1902]. 1 sheet folded to [12] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

Steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Olcott Beach, Rochester, Thousand Islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence Rapids, Quebec, Bay of Quinte, [and] calling at all intermediate points, 1904. [N.p., 1904]. 1 sheet folded to [12] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

ONTARIO & QUEBEC NAVIGATION COMPANY, LIMITED, PICTON, ONT

Incorporated on 8 March 1905, as successor to the Montreal, Rochester & Quebec Transit Company. Acquired by the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company in 1913. Dissolved on 21 October 1963.

The Montreal, Rochester and Quebec Line, [with the] steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Olcott Beach, Rochester, Thousand Islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence Rapids, Quebec [and) Bay of Quinte. [N.p., 1906?]. 1 sheet folded to [16] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Montreal, Rochester and Quebec Line, [with the] steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Olcott Beach, Rochester, Thousand Islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence

Rapids, Quebec [and] Bay of Quinte. [N.p., 19071. 1 sheet folded to [16] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Montreal, Rochester and Quebec Line, [with the] steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Rochester, Thousand islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence Rapids, Quebec [and] Bay of Quinte. [N.p., 19081. 1 sheet folded to [16] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

The Montreal, Rochester and Quebec Line, [with the] steamer Alexandria [serving] Buffalo, Rochester, Thousand Islands, Montreal, St. Lawrence Rapids, Quebec [and] Bay of Quinte. [N.p., 19101. 1 sheet folded to 116] p. Illus., map. CaOOA.

St. Lawrence River Line [to] Toronto, Rochester, Bay of Quinte, St. Lawrence River rapids, Montreal, [and] Quebec. [Montreal: Southam, Ltd., 19111. [12] p. Illus., map. CaOOA, NR.

St. Lawrence River Line [to] Rochester, Bay of Quinte, St. Lawrence River rapids, Montreal, [and] Quebec. Montreal: Southam, Limited, [1912?]. [12] p. Illus., map. MSaP.

RICHELIEU & ONTARIO NAVIGATION COMPANY, MONTREAL, QUE

Organized 8 April 1875, through a merger of the Canadian Navigation Company of Ontario and La Compagnie du Richelieu. In 1886 it acquired the St. Lawrence River Steam Navigation Company, then in June of 1911 it gained control of the Northern Navigation Company, Limited. Acquired the Thousand Island Steamboat Company and the Niagara Navigation Company on 1 June 1912. Reorganized on 12 April 1913, as the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, Limited. Acquired by the Canada Steamship Lines on 1 June 1914.

Extensive documentation, including:

Hotels & steamers of Canada [serving] Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands, rapids of the St. Lawrence, Niagara, Hamilton, Toronto, Charlotte, Bay of Quinte, Kingston, Clayton, Alexandria Bay [plus] hotels Manoir Richelieu [and] Tadousac [sic]. Montreal: Gazette Printing Co., [1906]. [20] p. Illus., maps. CaQMCCA, MB, MSaP, MiD-D, ViNeM.

Hotels and steamers of Canada [serving] Lake Ontario, Thousand islands, rapids of the St. Lawrence, Niagara, Hamilton, Toronto, Charlotte, Bay of Quinte, Kingston, Clayton, Alexandria Bay [plus] hotels Manoir Richelieu and Tadousac [sic]. Montreal: Gazette Printing Co., [1907?]. [16] p. Illus., maps. Optional title: Through Canada by water. CaQMCCA, MSaP.

 

Revised: 31 March 2012