Midland Ship Yards

**Note: Visitor’s will have to explore the Midland Town docks to find the 4 plaques at this location.

Midland opened the shipyards in the early 1900’s by a group that formed the Midland Drydock Co. They began with above-water repairs before moving on to build freighters. The yards closed down in 1928 only to be reopened in 1940 to help fill the demand for warships. The shipyards built Corvettes, mine sweepers and submarine trawlers for the British and Canadian Navy’s. After the war, the shipyards continued to build freighters, tugs, and barges for the commercial shipping industry. The Midland shipyards, largest shipyards on the Great Lakes, were closed for good in 1957.


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The launch of the Canadian Logger at the Midland Shipyards. Yes, there are people on the bow.

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Souvenir covered dish of the Shipyards and Drydock in Midland Ontario. Part of the Huronia Museum Collection.

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Staff photo of the Midland Shipbuilding Co. c.1929.

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Building Hull No. 9. Taken July 9th , 1920 at the Midland Shipyards.

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The Warfiend. Built by the Midland Shipbuilding Co. for the Imperial Munitions board, finished in 1919, as a cargo ship.

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Underwater repairs were conducted by the Midland Shipyards. The diver is V. Carson. The Huronia Museum has a similar dive helmet used by workers as part of its collection.

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The freighter Glenmhor, built at the Midland Shipyards.

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The 5-10 ton Ship Crane, owned by the Midland Shipbuilding Co.

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During the Second World War, The Midland shipbuilding Co. was re-opened to support the need for warships for both the Canadian and British Navy’s. With the men away from home, women were recruited to work in factories and the shipyards. These women were welders at the Midland Shipyards.


The launch of the Stadacona. Midland Shipyards were unique in Canada for their use of the sideways launch technique.


Donald McPeake’s pay roll receipt from the Midland Shipyards, c.1951.


Invitation to the Christening and launching of 3 new ships built at the Midland Shipyards. C.1943.

1921 Insurance Map of shipyard area.
Unattributed aerial photo of shipyard and dock area, early 1960’s.

8 thoughts on “Midland Ship Yards

  1. I was really impressed with the history of Midland’s shipbuilding as depicted by the pictures
    on the web site. My wife and I will definitely pay a visit to the museum in the springtime.

    Peter Reiss

  2. AlDo any photos or maps exist of the midland shipyard as a whole. I am interested in the role the jetties and pullers along the bike path plaid in the shipbuilding industry.

  3. I interested in a tug boat built at Midlands ship yards 1945 the original name was the Rock Wing. I’m more interested in the propulsion engine specs etc. The name of the tug now is Fearless and is being restored Port Adelaide Wharf, Australia for display very little is known about her engine etc

    • Mike, it appears no one from Huronia Museum has responded to your request, our apologies. A quick look at our records doesn’t turn up much. There are newspaper reports on her launch, her trip to Australia and a report about her being at your museum. I can send those if you wish. An e-mail address would be appreciated. She went to our neighbouring shipyard at Collingwood right after her launch and returned here. Collingwood may have done some fitting out. Is the original engine still on board? We built marine engines, Midland Engine Works. I will continue to search. I have searched on line and see her history in Australia. This is a list of ships built here. http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canadayards/midland.htm Regards, Tom Barber, collections volunteer, Huronia Museum.

  4. Hi. My grandfather, Robert Hanes, was an employee of the Midland Shipbuilding Co in the late 1920. Are there any accessible employee records available? Thanks, David Hanes

  5. I requested a photo of the tug Bay Port recently and have received no reply. Have I done something wrong?

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