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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Pollock (c1861-1941)

Ship captain.

A native of Bayfield, Ontario, he was a leading figure in navigation on Lake Winnipeg for over 50 years. He sailed many of the ships that plied the waters of the lake, starting in 1887, including the Wolverine, Lady of the Lake, and Premier. He owned the SS Keenora that sailed between Winnipeg and Norway House. He was President of the Northern Fish Company from 1906 to 1939 and President of the Selkirk Navigation Company from its formation in 1931 until his death. At times he was associated with the firms of Reid and Tait Company, Dominion Fish Company, and with William Robinson. He was a member of the Masons (Selkirk Lodge). He died unmarried on 25 August 1941 and was buried at Bayfield, Ontario.


“Last of old captains on Lake Winnipeg dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 August 1941. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 105]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2019

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