Canadian Signaller


(1919) 1922                                  Canadian Signaller                                  1925 (1941)

Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freighter

Built at Collingwood ON by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co., Hull 63
Launched June 18, 1919

251’ LBP, 43’ beam, 24’ depth
1 deck, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1400 IHP

Enrolled at Montreal QC
251.0 x 43.6 x 23.6, 2415 GT, 1455 NT     Can 141479     to:
Minister of Marine & Fisheries, Ottawa ON (home port Montreal QC)
Vessel built for the Canadian government merchant marine under its World War I vessel construction program.  Each vessel was assigned to an individual firm identifying the name of the vessel.

Transferred 1920 to Canadian Signaller Ltd.

Participated in the fall grain trade on the Great Lakes beginning in 1922

Sold Oct 20, 1925 to Canada-Cuba Steamship Co. for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes

Renamed Emperor of Halifax 1925, Skjoldheim (Norway) 1929 and Polyana.

Sunk April 25, 1941 by German submarine U-103 enroute from Oban Scotland to Freetown, Sierra Leone.  All hands lost.

See history in Detroit Marine Historian Aug 1962 (#132)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 67



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