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Memorable Manitobans: Horatio Hamilton Ross (1870-1925)

Steamboat operator.

Born in Scotland around 1870, son of Sir Charles and Lady Ross of Rossie Castle, he came to Canada in 1908 and, the following year, founded the Ross Navigation Company. He built and operated a series of steamboats on the rivers and lakes of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, including Assiniboia (1905), City of Medicine Hat (1906), Sam Brisbin (1908), Le Pas (1910), O Hell (1910), Minassin (?), Notin (1914), Nipawin (1917), and Tobin (1921). He died of an accidental gunshot wound at The Pas on 11 February 1925 and was buried in the St. Michael’s and All Angels Cemetery. He is commemorated by a stained glass windows in Christ Church Anglican.

See also:

Captain Ross - Laird of the River by Robert J. Taylor
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 2, January 1958


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Old navigator of north shot accidentally,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1925, page 1.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 November 2020

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