The Ice-breaker James Whalen (~1922)

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Three people stand aboard the James Whalen as it cuts through the ice in Thunder Bay harbour. The ice-breaking tug James Whalen was built in 1905. It was designed to be tough enough to tow heavy steamers, and to cut through ice up to 20 inches thick. The tugboat served Thunder Bay for fifty years, until, in 1965 it was sent to Hamilton, Ontario. In 1977, it was destined to be scrapped, but was rescued. In 1992, the tugboat was purchased by Tourism Thunder Bay and returned to this area. The James Whalen underwent several years of renovations and is now moored at the Kam River Heritage Park, located by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

TBPL Photograph is in Special Collections book ' Early High School days in Port Arthur' by May Buriss. A copy of this book may be viewed at the Brodie Resource Library.
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circa 1922
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.4001 Longitude: -89.31683
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The Ice-breaker James Whalen (~1922)
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