Stoney Creek Bridge Menu

Nicholas Morant’s photo of the Canadian on Stoney Creek Bridge adorns this menu that was used on board the SS Assiniboia, one of Canadian Pacific’s Great Lakes steamers that ferried passengers, cars, and some cargo between Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) on Lake Superior and Port McNicoll on Lake Huron. Built in 1907, Assiniboia carried passengers until 1965, then carried freight for a couple more years, before she was sold to someone who was going to turn her into a restaurant in New Jersey. Unfortunately, she caught fire and was scrapped instead.

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The Canadian Pacific postcard below shows a painting of the Assiniboia by Gordon F. Gillespie. I can find little information about Gillespie except that Canadian Pacific used his Great Lakes and other paintings of Canadian scenery on several postcards and brochures in the 1920s. A pastoral painting supposedly from the Canadian Pacific archives indicates that Gillespie lived for a time at 11 Main Street, Sweetsburg, Québec, which today would probably be 11 Rue Principale, Cowansville, Québec.

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