Obituary Notes [Part Only]
A Prince Among Shipbuilders
Flags were flying at half-mast from several of the principal business places in St.Catharines on Saturday [April 24] and nearly all the vessels and steam craft on the canal, out of respect to Mr. Louis Shickluna, the celebrated boat builder, who died at his residence in St.Catharines, at three o'clock, on Saturday morning. By the death of Mr. Shickluna, Canada has lost one of its most enterprising, clear-headed shipbuilders, a man who, although possessing but a limited knowledge and use of our language, has done as much, if not more, than any half dozen other men and to extend the name and fame of Canada throughout the world, for the work of his head and hands has been seen and admired in almost every part of the world. The deceased was a native of Valetta, Malta, where he served his time as a shipbuilder. At an early age he shipped as carpenter on board a British man-of-war, and after serving his allotted time, came to New York, where he was employed at his trade for a short time. American institutions did not, however, suit him, and he therefore removed to Montreal, where he was employed in the ship-yard of Messrs. Merritt & Co., and removed for a short time. He then came to what was then Upper Canada, and was next heard of at Niagara, then a prominent shipping and shipbuilding port. At this time the Welland Canal was about opening, and Mr. Shickluna was employed to build one of the vessels, the Mary Jane, at Youngstown, N.Y., which was one of the first to pass through the canal to Lake Erie. Attracting the attention of the late Hon. W.H. Merritt, while engaged at Youngstown, the deceased was induced to remove to St.Catharines and commence the shipbuilding business. From this time out, the business career of the deceased, although obscured, was a successful one, and he was probably the designer and builder of more vessels, steam and sail, than any other man on our inland waters. Mr. Shickluna was married four times, and leaves a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters, and his fourth wife to mourn his death. The deceased had secured a competency, and was between 75 and 80 years of age at the time of his death.