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Passenger and Packet Freighters on the Upper Great Lakes
Photo by contributor Bill Patterson - Posted October, 2011
Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted October, 2011
Note: Street View was taken before plaque was installed
The District of Algoma
The City of Sault Ste. Marie
Off the port bow of the Norgoma museum ship
on Foster Drive, just west of the foot of Spring Street
Coordinates: N 46 30.523 W 84 20.131
Until the mid-20th century, passenger and packet freighters were the most efficient means for transporting goods and people to and from isolated communities of the Upper Great Lakes. Essential to early regional development and instrumental in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, these vessels became key components of Canada's transcontinental transportation system. Over time, the construction and refitting of "packets" destined for service on the Upper Great lakes, such as the MS Norgoma, contributed to the development of a shipbuilding industry in the region, particularly at Georgian Bay.
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