The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co., Ltd.
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), July 1911, p. 693

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The Dominion Parliament amended

the company's act of incorporation recently

by giving the shareholders power

to increase the capital stock to an

amount not exceeding $10,000,000. At

a special meeting of shareholders on

June 26 it was decided to increase the

stock from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, the

new shares to be issued as decided by

the directors. It was also decided to

confirm the agreement made by the

directors with the British Maritime Trust

Co., Ltd., and others, providing for the

purchase of a majority of the shares

of the Northern Navigation Co., Ltd.,

and of the Inland Lines, Ltd., to be paid

for by the issue of fully paid up R. &

O.N. stock. Five additional directors

were elected, the full board being: Hon.

President, Lord Furness, of Grantley;

President, R. Forget, M.P. ; Vice President,

W. Wainwright, Second Vice President,

G.T.R.; G. Caverhill, Sir Henry M.

Pellatt, E. Bristol, K.C., M.P.; W. Hanson,

Jas. Playfair, C. O. Paradis, Hon. J.

P. B. Casgrain, Hon. E. B. Garneau, H.

M. Molson, C. A. Barnard, K.C.; A. H.

Sims, J. R. Binning and W. G. Morden.

The head office will remain at Montreal,

and C. J. Smith will be retained as General


The Northern Navigation Co. of Ontario,

Ltd., was organized in 1899, with a

capital of $1,000,000, being an amalgamation

of the Great Northern Transit

Co. and the North Shore Navigation Co.,

and later the control of the Northwest

Transportation Co. was obtained. A

year or two ago the words "of Ontario"

were dropped from the title. In the

early part of this year, Jas. Playfair,

President, Inland Lines, Ltd., made an

offer, an behalf of himself and associates,

chiefly the Furness interests, to

purchase a controlling interest in the

stock, and all but a small percentage

of it was so acquired. The company has

an agreement with the G.T.R. respecting

traffic on the Great Lakes, and under

this agreement, it has to build an

additional steamship by the fall of 1912.

Full details of the matters connected

with the transfer of the stock, etc., were

given in our Feb. and Mar. issues.

Inland Lines, Ltd., was incorporated

under the Dominion Companies Act,

May, 1910, with a capital of $3,500,000,

and office at Hamilton, Ont., to take

over the Inland Navigation Co., formerly

operated under the name of R. O. and

A. B. Mackay, together with the New

Ontario Dock and Coal Co.'s wharf and

coal business at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.;

R. O. and A. B. Mackay's wharf, cartage

and coal business at Hamilton, Ont.,

and their wharf, shed and wharf privileges

at Montreal; the property of the

Midland Navigation Co., Midland, Ont.,

and the property of the Empress Transportation

Co., Midland, Ont.

The R. amd O.N. Co.'s combined fleet

is now composed as follows:— Berthier,

Belleville, Boucherville, Kingston, Longueuil,

Montreal, Murray Bay, Quebec,

Rapids King, Rapids Prince, Rapids

Queen, St. Irenee, Saguenay (now en

route to Canada, from England), Tadousac.

Terrebonne, Trois Rivieres, Toronto,

operated by the R. and O.N. Co.;

Rochester, operated by the Richelieu and

Ontario Navigation Co. of the United

States; City of Midland, Doric, Hamonic.

Huronic, Germanic, Ionic, Majestic,

Waubic, operated by the Northern

Navigation Co.; Donnacona, Dundee,

Dundurn, Emperor, Empress of Fort

William, Empress of Midland, Glenellah,

Midland King, Midland Prince. Midland

Queen, Neepawah, Rosedale, Stadacona,

Strathcona, Wahcondah and Winona,

operated by Inland Lines. Ltd.


Since the foregoing was put in type

the s.s. Saguenay has arrived at Quebec.

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Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co., Ltd.