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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Canadian Pathfinder

Other name(s): Ara; Holmewood; Mathiasen Trader; Norman M. Paterson; Novadoc

Ship owner: Canadian Government; Casper, Edgar & Co.; Continental-Indies Steamship Co.; Holmwood Steamship Co.; Margaree Steamship Co.; Mathiasen Shipping Co.; Paterson Steamships, Ltd.

Ship builder: Dominion Ship Building Co., Toronto, Ontario

Engine builder: J. Inglis Co., Toronto, Ontario

Year ship built: 1921

Year engine built: 1921

Final disposition: Struck mine and sunk off Borkum, April 8, 1942. Bound Gotenborg to Rotterdam.


Tonnage change, c. 1936 (2208 gross - 1250 net)

b) Norman M. Paterson (1925)

c) Novadoc (1927)

d) Holmewood (1927)

e) Mathiasen Trader (1934)

f) Holmewood (1934)

g) Ara 1936



1) Canadian Gov't., Toronto, Ontario (1921-25)

2) Paterson Steamships, Ltd., Ft. William, Ontario (1925-27)

3) Casper, Edgar & Co. (Holmewood S.S. Co.), England (1927-32)

4) Continental Indies Steamship Co., England (1932-34)

5) Mathiasen, New York, N.Y. (1934)

6) Margaree Steamships, Ltd., England (1934)

7) A/B/ Arafart (A.R. Appelqvist, Mgr.), Stockholm, Sweden (1936)

Registry number: C. 150355

Hull number: 10

Vessel type: Laker

Height: 22.5 ft.

Width: 43.7 ft.

Length: 251 ft.

Stroke length: 40 in.

Gross tonnage: 2374

Net tonnage: 1398

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 20 in.

Piston 2: 33 in.

Piston 3: 54 in.

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