Sir Charles Ogle

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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 18 April 1829 in Alexander Lyle's shipyard, and Sir Charles Ogle was launched into Halifax Harbor on New Year's Day 1830.

Sir Charles Ogle was used as a ferry to transport passengers across Halifax Harbour from Halifax to Dartmouth and vice versa. Although she could only carry four passengers at a time, she was still very valuable to the city[clarification needed]. She was able to make the trip across the harbour in just seven minutes, a trip that had previously required 20 minutes to an hour.

Sir Charles 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. Sir Charles Ogle was in use for over 50 years.

The decline of Sir Charles Ogle began in 1886 with the rise in competition from Chebucto and 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.


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