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Fall 2018
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Manitoba
History

No. 87


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Churchill Grain Elevator and Port (Hudson Bay, Churchill)

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The Hudson Bay Railway arrived at Churchill in March 1929. One of the first priorities for construction was a terminal elevator for shipping grain to overseas markets. Designed by C. D. Howe & Company of Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) and erected by the Winnipeg firm of Carter Halls Aldinger for the Canadian government between 1930 and 1931, a four-belt conveyor for loading up to four ships at once, at 20,000 bushels per hour, was completed in 1932. Electricity to operate the facility was generated in a coal-fueled powerhouse next to the elevator, and a building next to the workhouse contained administrative offices, a millwright shop, a staff dining room and rest rooms, and quarters for an inspection department. When completed, the 2,500,000-bushel elevator was the second-largest of its kind in the world. The 56 bins at its north (right) end, added between 1954 and 1955, doubled its capacity.

Shipping Statistics

Year

Date

First Ship

No. Ships

Total Grain

1929

11 October

SS Ungava Queen

1

?

1930

 

none

0

0

1931

10 September

SS Farnworth

2

14.8

1932

14 August

SSG Sirentz

10

74.5

1933

13 August

SSG Pennyworth

10

73.7

1934

13 August

SSG Dalworth

15

110.3

1935

14 August

SSG Wentworth

8

65.5

1936

9 August

SS Firby

15

116.9

1937

7 August

SSG Jean LD

2

16.4

1938

25 September

SSG Daleby

3

25.0

1939

12 August

SS Wentworth

6

48.2

1940

 

none

0

0

1941

 

none

0

0

1942

 

none

0

0

1943

25 August

SS Tintagel

1

20.1

1944

 

none

0

0

1945

 

none

0

0

1946

10 August

SS Mount Revelstoke

9

79.7

1947

8 August

SS Essex Trader

16

135.4

1948

8 August

SS Great City

15

144.9

1949

8 August

SS Akcyibe Firtybe

16

150.4

1950

31 July

MV Tricape

20

184.2

1951

4 August

SS Warkworth

21

198.1

1952

30 July

SS Warkworth

26

233.6

1953

26 July

SS Warkworth

31

293.5

1954

29 July

MV Anna C

36

339.8

1955

1 August

SS Warkworth

38

355.9

1956

27 July

SS Warkworth

48

442.2

1957

31 July

MV Nordmeer

46

451.1

1958

26 July

MV Richard de Larrinaga

55

533.4

1959

27 July

MV North Devon

58

592.9

1960

27 July

MV Margit Brovig

48

532.9

1961

22 July

SS Gull

48

526.6

1962

27 July

SS Zinnia

49

585.8

1963

27 July

SS Uskok

48

622.3

1964

1 August

SS Warkworth

41

589.1

1965

27 July

MV Trevaylor

45

672.4

1966

26 July

SS Warkworth

40

593.8

1967

23 July

SS Warkworth

33

561.7

1968

26 July

SS Silkworth

34

612.8

1969

23 July

SS Slesvig

29

595.3

1970

31 July

SS Warkworth

35

669.9

1971

7 August

MV Tamworth

37

666.9

1972

5 August

SS Panagos D. Pateros

30

635.8

1973

7 August

MV Tamworth

?

462.0

1974

14 August

SS Atlantic Champion

20

498.0

1975

20 August

MV Carlotta F

21

494.4

1976

1 August

MV Letchworth

27

719.1

1977

24 July

MV Naworth

34

755.2

1978

1 August

MV Fotini

20

542.7

1979

14 August

MV Nikko Maru

20

536.5

1980

11 August

MV Irini GF

12

289.8

1981

11 August

MV Studzianki

?

?

1982

6 August

SS Bandar Demta

?

?

1983

8 August

SS Paulina C

?

?

1984

1 August

MV Hampton Lion

?

?

1985

3 August

MV Sealink

?

?

1986

29 July

MV Mijdrecht

?

?

1987

8 August

MV Dmitrovsky Komsomol

?

?

1988

5 October

MV Stena Arctica

?

?

1989

25 August

MV Ethnos

?

?

1990

27 July

MV Kristjan Palusalu

?

?

1991

12 August

MV Powstaniec Listopadowy

?

?

1992

21 August

MV Franciskos CK

?

?

1993

21 July

MT Turid Knutsen

?

?

1994

22 August

MV Belle

?

?

1995

30 July

MV Gorlitz

?

?

1996

4 August

MV Cargo Trader

?

?

1997

29 July

MV Theotoko

?

?

1998

13 July

MT Nathalie Sif

?

?

1999

24 July

MV Akademic Ioffe

?

?

2000

11 July

MV Federal Rhine

?

?

2001

23 July

MV Zodio

?

?

2002

29 July

MV Semiramis

?

?

2003

26 July

MV Goviken

?

?

2004

29 July

MV Oriental

?

?

2005

29 July

MV Federal Polaris

?

?

2006

14 August

MV DS Vanguard

?

?

2007

21 July

MV Patent

?

?

2008

4 August

MV Dimitris

?

?

2009

12 August

MV Hamburg Pearl

?

?

2010

28 July

MV Federal Danube

?

?

2011

4 August

MV Pacific Bulker

?

?

2012

10 August

MV Puffin

?

?

2013

5 August

MV Atlantic Dream

?

?

2014

4 August

MV Ikan Suji

?

?

2015

6 September

MV Clipper Bettina

?

?

2016

?

?

?

?

2017

 

none

0

0

2018

 

none

0

0

Photos & Maps

Churchill terminal elevator with newer storage bins in the foreground, workhouse in the centre, older storage bins in the background, adjacent to the powerhouse

Churchill terminal elevator with newer storage bins in the foreground, workhouse in the centre, older storage bins in the background, adjacent to the powerhouse (late 1950s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2016-0001

Churchill Terminal Elevator

Churchill Terminal Elevator (no date)
Source: Toronto Postcard Club, LGG2016-0082

Ships loading at the Churchill Terminal Elevator

Ships loading at the Churchill Terminal Elevator (October 2009)
Source: Mike Macri / Churchill Gateway Development Corporation

Churchill terminal elevator with grain storage bins on each side of a workhouse

Churchill terminal elevator with grain storage bins on each side of a workhouse (June 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Former powerhouse at left for the Churchill terminal elevator

Former powerhouse at left for the Churchill terminal elevator (June 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Grain conveyor of the Churchill terminal elevator

Grain conveyor of the Churchill terminal elevator (June 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N58.77475, W94.19000
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Port Staff House (Polar Bear Honor Street, Churchill)

Churchill Chapter, 1931 by Andrew Taylor
Manitoba History, Number 25, Spring 1993

Sources:

“New Churchill elevator to be huge structure,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 September 1930, page 21.

“Bound for Port Churchill,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 July 1932, page 29.

“Churchill elevator work starts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 1954, page 21.

Churchill on Hudson Bay by Angus & Bernice MacIver, 1982, pages 199-200.

We thank the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation and Jason Vanderhill (Vancouver Postcard Club) and the Toronto Postcard Club for providing images of the Churchill Terminal Elevator.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 14 July 2018

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