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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Black (1846-1918)

Steamboat operator.

Born at Fergus, Canada West. He first sailed on the Great Lakes, and in 1869 came to the Red River Settlement to farm in the Springfield area. Later he served on a Hudson’s Bay Company steamer until he bought his own vessel in 1876 to carry freight on Lake Winnipeg for Stobart Company and the Indian Department. In 1879 Black operated the Lady Ellen carrying freight for the contractor between Selkirk and Section 15 of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Other steamers under his operation were the Glendevon, the Wolverine, the Miles, the Aurora, the Colvile, and the Mikado. In 1909 he retired to his farm near Petersfield, where he died in October 1918.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2012

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