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Ongiara

Steel passenger and automobile ferry Ongiara [C.318766] built by Russel Bros., Owen Sound in 1963. Registered at Toronto. 67'; 180 gross tons. Hull 1219. In commission. See clipping file for Pic and Toronto/Ships Present/Fleets/Island Ferries folder for vessel file.

 

Clipping courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk

 

OSMRM Collection - from Russel Two Page Ad 1964

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Globe & Mail, 1977 clipping. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Ongiara in Toronto Drydock (Toronto, ON Apr. 1, 1993). Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Ongiara in Toronto Drydock (Toronto, ON Apr. 1, 1993). Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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HMS Rose and Ongiara, June 1993 in Toronto. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

 

Inspection Certificate 1996. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Ongiara on the Atlas crane. (Toronto, ON Apr. 1, 2000). Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Ongiara on the Atlas crane. (Toronto, ON Apr. 2, 2000). Gerry Ouderkirk Collection
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Aug. 10th, 2002. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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RBF notes: Ongiara - Passenger Ferry (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)

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2/23/05 - Toronto, Ont. - This winter's polar vortex was a couple of months late in arriving but it made up for lost time by bringing in sub zero Fahrenheit freezing temperatures and icy winds. This caused a dramatic increase in harbor ice thickness. Early in the week the Ongiara got stuck a couple of times in heavy ice and had to be broken out by the fire boat. Friday the Ongiara was pulled out of service with an ice damaged propeller. Photos by Capt. John Jones.
boatnerd source: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/newsthumbs_112.htm

 

Ongiara running in fog, Nov. 29, 2005. Photo by Gerry Ouderkirk

 

Bow view of the car ferry ONGIARA as she approaches Toronto Islands. She's one two car ferries that service the islands. June 10, 2006, photo by Michel Gosselin.
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Sept. 3rd, 2007. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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City of Toronto Parks & Recreation Passenger & Car Ferry Ongiara (launched 1963) heading to Hanlan's Point with a light load on the final day of the Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival (June 21, 2009). Photo by Joseph Wong.
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May 27, 2011. Photo by Lars Staal.
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