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Narcisse M. Cantin 1870-1940

Narcisse M. Cantin 1870-1940

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

Narcisse M. Cantin 1870-1940

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of Bluewater
In St. Joseph, in a park
on the west side of Highway 21 at Road 84

Coordinates: N 43 24.804 W 81 42.379


Plaque Text

Descended from a long line of French-Canadian shipbuilders, Cantin was born on a nearby farm which his grandfather acquired about 1850. An energetic entrepreneur, inventor and cattle trader, Cantin began work here, in 1897, on a city named St. Joseph from which he hoped to construct a canal linking Lake Huron and Erie. Undaunted by his inability to raise sufficient funds for this project, he initiated and, between 1900 and 1930, tirelessly promoted the concept of a Great Lakes seaway system which "would take passengers and freight from all ocean ports on the globe direct to all the principal ports of the Great Lakes".


Bluewater Plaques

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> Posted July 5, 2009
My name is Andre Hector Cantin born in Montreal 1929 son of Rene A Cantin born in 1898 son of Joseph Cantin/Exilda Chatelle.

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