Sir Charles Ogle

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The Sir Charles Ogle was a ferry that operated from 1830 until 1894 for the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry Service and was the first steamboat built in Nova Scotia. Construction began on April 18, 1829 in Alexander Lyle's shipyard, and the Ogle was launched into Halifax Harbor on New Year's Day 1830.

The Sir Charles Ogle was used as a ferry to transport passengers across the Halifax Harbor from Halifax to Dartmouth and vice versa. Although it could only carry four passengers at a time, it was still very valuable to the city. It was able to make the trip across the harbor in just seven minutes, a trip that had previously required 20 minutes to an hour.

The Ogle as 108 feet (33 m) long, 35 feet (11 m) wide, with a beam of 20 feet (6.1 m). Her length of her deck was 108 feet, width of beam 20 feet, width of deck 35 feet; she measured 176 tons, and her engine produced 30 horsepower. The Sir Charles Ogle was in use for over 50 years.

The decline of the Ogle began in 1886 with the rise in competition from the Chebucto and the MicMac, coupled with the rising costs of repairs needed to pass the inspections that had been mandated since 1878. The final blow came about with the creation of the Halifax and Dartmouth Steam Ferry Company, which rendered other Halifax harbor ferries unnecessary.

The Sir Charles Ogle can still be seen in many of the old paintings of the Halifax Harbor.

References[edit]

  • Payzant, Joan M.; Payzant, Lewis J. (1979). Like a Weaver's Shuttle: A History of the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferries. Nimbus. ISBN 9780920852002.