The restoration of the SS Canadiana Steam engine is on track to begin this spring . We are proud to have this great piece of local maritime history here at our club and to be a part of the restoration of this classic triple expansion steam engine. For those not familiar with this particular engine a little history.
The engine was built by the Holly engine works in 1909-1910. It weighed 63 tons and stands over 2 stories tall. It’s 3 cylinders (50”+30”+20”} move in a 36” stroke and at top speed produce 1600 BHP. That is a large amount of energy for a ship that was engaged in passenger service as opposed to freight. The vessel was 210’ by 53’ and carried 3500 passengers. During her sea trials in 1910 the vessel proved to be one of the fastest ships on the inland sea’s and was awarded a contract by the US government to carry mail between Canada and the USA.
The ship‘s main use was to ferry passengers between the docks at the foot of main Street where the canal side project is now underway to an amusement park in Ridgeway Ontario Canada known as Crystal Beach. There were also dinner cruses and lake excursions to near by cites on lake Erie. The ship was owned and operated by the George Hall family and operated as a USA flagged vessel by the Crystal Beach Excursion Company. Although there were changes of the company name it remained in constant service to the beach until 1956.
This engine is a maritime version of the same style and configuration as those that were used to power the Ward Pumping station In Buffalo NY.
The project moves forward with the development of the foundation and enclosure at a site just south of our Walker Road entrance . A ground breaking will take place in late March and should be ready for engine placement by early May. A planning and engineering group will be formed at the general membership meeting March 15 2015. As always your participation is most welcome, treatment come and be a part of it all….History Lives Here.
Please contact us and this link if you wish to be a part of this project. No experience necessary Canadiana@alexandersteamshow.com