“Thunder Bay has a rich naval and shipbuilding tradition and so we created a display of photographs from the City Archives and the Museum to accompany the model,” said City Clerk John Hannam. “During the First World War, minesweepers were built for the French Navy at Canadian Car and Foundry. The Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company built many ships between 1911 and 1993, including the HMCS Fort William and the HMCS Port Arthur, which saw action during the Second World War. The HMCS Griffon naval base recruited and trained over 2,400 officers and crew for Canada’s Navy in the Second World War. The City is pleased to be recognized for its naval history by sharing the name of the M/V Thunder Bay, and we’re proud to showcase this beautiful model for the public to appreciate.”
OK…I thought I should go down to Mariner’s Hall in the Water garden Pavilion at Prince Arthur’s Landing to check out Thunder Bay’s salute to our maritime history. Over one hundred years of shipbuilding at The Port Arthur Shipyards. Our contribution to Canada’s navy during the second world war.
The display is not what you would call “overpowering”. The best our high paid City Administrators could do? I guess the City of Thunder Bay was going for the “less is more” look. Pretty pathetic really.
The hall is named Mariner’s Hall but it should be called Banquet Hall. That is what it is used for by the waterfront restaurant. That limits what the City of Thunder Bay can put in that space.
“If you are going to name a ship the Thunder Bay, why wouldn’t you go the extra mile and have a model built and provide it to the city.” – Dan McCarthy, vice-president of marketing and customer service for Canada Steamship Lines, Chronicle Journal, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
It was very thoughtful of Canada Steamship Lines to include Chinese on the model plaque . That way, if any of the workers that built the ship ever make it to Thunder Bay, they can read what is on that plaque. Nice touch CSL!
How desperate is is our city admin to find something, find anything to celebrate? Our extremely high paid administrators are calibrating the arrival of a model of a ship which happens to have the same name as our city. Not named after our city. Not built in our city. Not built in our province. not even built in our country. It has absolutely nothing to do with our city other than both the city and ship are named after Thunder Bay, the bay.
The S.S. Thunder Bay was built in Port Arthur Ontario. Here is a photo taken on Aug. 2, 1952. This is where the M.V. Thunder Bay gets its name. The S.S. Thunder Bay and in 1952, there was no City of Thunder Bay. This is the real source of the M.V. Thunder Bay’s name.
A model of the S.S. Thunder Bay would be nice to have displayed in our city because it was built in the Port Arthur Shipyards. Actually if the City of Thunder Bay could display models of all ships built locally would be a really nice display.
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