Between 1877 and 1882 Canada had 1.3 million tons of shipping on registry.
Although not part of Canada, Newfoundland had 77,500 tons on registry in 1877 and 90,000 tons in 1882. Three countries had fleets larger than Canada's:
the United Kingdom, the United States, and Norway. In 1879, Joseph Tasse, MP,
estimated that Canada was seventh or eighth among the shipping nations of the
world. He argued that a large proportion of our registered tonnage consisted of
coastal vessels of a kind not included in the official totals of other nations. Canada, House of Commons Debates, 1 May 1879, 1,670-1.
Eric W. Sager with
Gerald E. Panting, Maritime Capital: The Shipping Industry in Atlantic
Canada 1820-1914 ( Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press 1990).
Kenneth S. MacKenzie, "'C.C. Ballantyne and the Canadian Government Merchant
Marine, 1917-1921,'" Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord 2 ( 1992): 1-13.
"Review of Canadian Maritime History,'" Second Report of the Canadian Maritime Commission
( Ottawa: King's Printer 1949), 16-17; William Kaplan, Everything That Floats; Pat Sullivan
, Hal Banks, and the Seamen's Unions of Canada ( Toronto: University of Toronto
Press 1987), 6.
Gerald Morgan, 'Park Steamships: An Outline History,' unpublished paper presented to the Conference on the History of Deep-Sea Shipping at the Maritime
History Group, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1983.
A buyer could pay as little as 10 per cent down and run the ship as government
property while drawing management fees, tax relief was offered, and the owner
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Ships and Memories:Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam.
Contributors: Eric W. Sager - Author.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press.
Place of publication: Vancouver, B.C..
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 157.
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