Sous-fonds 035 - Ross Navigation Company collection

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Ross Navigation Company collection

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CA SWM RG4-035

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  • 1925-1935 (Creation)
    Ross Navigation Company

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2 files of textual records

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The Ross Navigation Company was started by Captain Horatio Hamilton Ross to answer the need for transportation of the Mandy Mine ore from Sturgeon Landing to the railhead at The Pas. The boats owned and operated under the Ross Navigation Company included the S.S. Nipawin, S.S. Le Pas, S.S. Minasin, S.S. Notin, S.S. Tobin and S.S. O’Hell. Horatio Hamilton Ross was born in 1870 in Scotland to Sir Charles and Lady Ross of Rossie Castle. He left Scotland, travelling “Round the Horn” to arrive at San Francisco. From there he traveled to Alberta where he worked as a cowboy, ranch manager and a gold prospector before building a large hotel at Medicine Hat. It was also while in Alberta that he launched his first two steamships: the S.S. Assiniboia and the S.S. Medicine Hat. He later moved to Manitoba to become a Fisheries Inspector for the Northland. Meanwhile, Mandy Mine had been founded north of The Pas in 1916 and Captain Ross created the Ross Navigation Company to respond to the need for transporting ore. Captain Ross died in 1925, after his gun accidentally discharged while cleaning.

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Records PA93.3.1a-e were donated to the Sam Waller Museum by Jack P. Johnson on the 25th of June, 1993. Record PA2011.4.1 was donated to the Sam Waller Museum by Captain Neville on the 26th of June, 1974.

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The Ross Navigation Company collection consists of five certificates of the steamboat ‘Tobin’ of Kenora for the Ross Navigation Company Limited of The Pas, Manitoba for the years 1927, 1928, 1930, 1934 and 1935, and a letter and list relating to the disposal of Captain Horatio Hamilton Ross’ effects from 1925.

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Sam Waller Museum

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Created October 14, 2011.

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