30WALLACEBURG'S SHIPBUILDING HERITAGE

This is a copy of Capt. Steinhoff’s coasting license, issued March 3, 1874. Courtesy of Wallaceburg and District Museum
This is a copy of Capt. Steinhoff's coasting license, issued March 3, 1874. Courtesy of Wallaceburg and District Museum
Capt. James Steinhoff continued to build Wallaceburg’s reputation as a shipbuilding centre. Steinhoff began shipbuilding at the age of 20, when he was transporting cordwood down the River on barges. He built a fleet of barges to support this business, but eventually switched to building steamships and steam-powered tugs. His most famous ship was the Dominion, launched on July 1st, 1867. Steinhoff was an industrialist, and his dream was to turn Wallaceburg into a town well-known for its production.

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