Owen Sound Harbour – A Photographic History


This photographic collection is more than a simple compilation of pictures. Cotton’s documentation of shipping in Georgian Bay reveals a rich part of Ontario’s history. Often overlooked and usually forgotten in the chronicle of the province’s evolution is her maritime past. It was the thread of water transportation that stitched the country together before the construction of the Trans Canada highways of the 1950s.


This 144-page book is a collection of photographs and commentary documenting the long history of Owen Sound harbour and the impact that shipping played on development of the community and local economy. Black-and-white photographs span a period of almost 100 years and document the evolution from early steam-powered vessels to more modern day ships. Vessels moved all manner of cargo and passengers between local ports around Georgian Bay and major Great Lakes cities. Photos have been carefully digitized from glass and film-based negatives and are some of the only records of these ships. A lovely collector’s edition for anyone interested in local history and navigation on the Great Lakes.

Author: Rob Cotton

Publisher: Self-published

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 0.5 in

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