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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stockton Ferry Monument (Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress)

The Rural Municipality of South Cypress opened this ferry on the Assiniboine River in 1887, a year after the Manitoba South Western Colonization Railway reached the Village of Glenboro. One of some 150 ferries that once operated in Manitoba, the Stockton ferry consisted of a wooden scow attached to a movable cable which was angled across the river, allowing the current to pull the scow across. From mid-April to mid-November, it provided everyday transport for local residents and enabled grain to be hauled to the railway. An ice bridge replaced the ferry during the winter. In 1989, a monument was placed at the site by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

The Stockton ferry

The Stockton ferry (May 1981) by Lawrence Stuckey
Source: Lawrence Stuckey Collection, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University, 1-2002.3.3.BSE[361]

Stockton ferry crossing

Stockton ferry crossing (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The Stockton ferry in operation

The Stockton ferry in operation (June 2013)
Source: Jean McManus

The Stockton ferry in operation

The Stockton ferry in operation (May 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Stockton ferry commemorative sign beside the ferry house

Stockton ferry commemorative sign beside the ferry house (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.60614, W99.44259
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Treesbank Ferry Monument (Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress)

Sources:

We thank Jean McManus, Tighe McManus, and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2021

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