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  • C.N.R. Coal Docks - Rainy River
        The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in 1901 and closed in 1960.
      The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in ...
  • The Coal Shute
        Black and white photograph of the a coal shute in Schrieber, Ontario.
      Black and white photograph of the a coal shute in Schrieber, Ontario.
  • Steamer at Heron Bay (~1889)
        In 1885, Heron Bay was known as Heron Bay Subdivision, and was primarily used to supply locomotives with fuel. The steamer would fit between the shore and CPR Island (Coal Island), north of the Pic River mouth. Here the first steam locomotive on the spur line would be unloaded. This ...
      In 1885, Heron Bay was known as Heron Bay Subdivision, and was ...
  • Jackfish Coal Docks
        Black and white photograph of the coal docks in Jackfish, Ontario.
      Black and white photograph of the coal docks in Jackfish, Ontario.
  • The Village of Jackfish (~1889)
        Photograph showing the village of Jackfish, Ontario, circa 1889. Jackfish began as a fishing village in the 1870's. In 1884, the CPR began using Jackfish as a landing for construction supplies. Along with the wharf (lower left), a 600 foot trestle coal dock was constructed. Coal was unloaded from the ...
      Photograph showing the village of Jackfish, Ontario, circa 1889. Jackfish began as ...
  • Coal Bucket & Shovel
        Cast iron coal bucket with a handle and a pourable spout and shovel. The bucket would be used to transport the coal from the storage area to the stove.
      Cast iron coal bucket with a handle and a pourable spout and ...
  • Jackfish CPR Coal Chutes Mainline (1921)
        Black and white photo of the coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario on Lake Superior.
      Black and white photo of the coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario on ...
  • Coal Chutes - Jackfish
        View of the coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario. The chutes were loaded manually by a crew of 300 men. It was not unusual for them to work overtime for up to three days, until the steamship was loaded.
      View of the coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario. The chutes were loaded ...
  • Coal Chutes Jackfish (1920)
        Black and white photo showing coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario. Jackfish was the terminal for coal distribution for locomotives used for the Canadian Pacific Railway during the early 1900's and ceased operation with the invention of diesel locomotives.
      Black and white photo showing coal chutes at Jackfish, Ontario. Jackfish was ...
  • Coal Chute
        A photograph showing the coal chute after the first charge was left off, it just sat there.
      A photograph showing the coal chute after the first charge was left ...
  • Coal Chutes
        A colourized post card of the coal chute at Jack Fish.
      A colourized post card of the coal chute at Jack Fish.
  • Port Arthur People Must Save 400 Tons Of Coal This Winter
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 23 Jan 1918     Shortage of coal in Lakehead ; Winter shortage
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 23 Jan 1918   Shortage of coal in Lakehead ; Winter shortage
  • Port Arthur Must Get Along With Less Coal During The Next Winter
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 1 May 1918     Coal industry ; Coal used for heat ; Coal supply
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 1 May 1918   Coal industry ; Coal used for heat ; Coal supply
  • Took Five Days To Get To Dock
    Fort William Daily Times Journal, 17 Jul 1952     William Grant ; retired C.P.R. railway worker ; came to city via the lakes aboard the Athabasca ; reached Welcome Islands in 1890 ; took five days to travel 13 miles to city due to ice floes ; took first employment with James Murphy Coal as a lad
    Fort William Daily Times Journal, 17 Jul 1952   William Grant ; retired C.P.R. railway worker ; came to city via ...
  • Jackfish coal pile
        Jackfish, late 1800's. Coal pile containing 30,000 tons.
      Jackfish, late 1800's. Coal pile containing 30,000 tons.
  • Port Arthur Is Now Assured Of Sufficient Coal
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 28 Oct 1918     Coal industry ; Fuel control
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 28 Oct 1918   Coal industry ; Fuel control
  • 'King Coal' remembered by catchy jingle
    Chronicle-Journal, 17 Aug 1997, A7     James Murphy ; Murphy's Coal ; photo
    Chronicle-Journal, 17 Aug 1997, A7   James Murphy ; Murphy's Coal ; photo
  • Tricking A City Out Of Its Coal Supply
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 18 Sep 1918     Coal as fuel ; Port Arthur coal supply ; Supply dangerously low
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 18 Sep 1918   Coal as fuel ; Port Arthur coal supply ; Supply dangerously low
  • Fuel Controller Promises Sufficient Coal For Port Arthur And Fort William
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 19 Sep 1918     Coal as fuel ; Fuel control ; Fuel controller ; Coal supply
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 19 Sep 1918   Coal as fuel ; Fuel control ; Fuel controller ; Coal supply
  • C.N.R. Seized 1,200 Tons Of City Coal Loading It Into Cars For The West When Stopped By Interim Injunction
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 2 Feb 1918     Coal industry ; Coal shortage in Lakehead ; Supply for Walsh Coal Co. to be taken to Winnipeg ; Canadian Northern Railway
    Port Arthur News Chronicle, 2 Feb 1918   Coal industry ; Coal shortage in Lakehead ; Supply for Walsh Coal ...
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