Fonds - Hunter Boat Company fonds

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Hunter Boat Company fonds

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  • 1940-1948 (Creation)
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    Hunter Boat Company
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    Orillia

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115 technical drawings
4 cm of textual records

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(1932-1976)

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The Hunter Boats Company was founded by Alestair Hunter in Orillia, Ontario, in 1932. Hunter had a lifelong interest in machinery and technical design and when his former employer, Ditchburn Boats Limited of Orillia shut down in 1931, Hunter purchased the company's facilities and began building wooden pleasure crafts and small passenger boats.

Hunter Boats specialized in small crafts and pleasure boats until 1939 when they began building boats exclusively for the Department of Defence, including the navy, air force, and army. Contracts for the construction of Fairmile motor patrol boats expanded the company's operations. Of the seventy-five Fairmiles built in Canada, 7 were built by Hunter Boats, including Q060, Q061, Q085, Q092, Q093, and Q116. Fairmile Q060 was the first one made in Canada, and the only one to be given a name: the “Mariposa Belle”.

Following the end of the Second World War the Hunter Boats Company returned to building wooden pleasure craft. As a result of the declining popularity of wooden boats the company was sold in 1976.

Source: Donald A. Hunter. "The Story of Hunter Boats." 2000 and well as information provided by the donor.

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Records acquired by donor from residents of a house in Orillia who found them in their attic.

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The sous-fonds consists of correspondance, technical drawings, and blue prints related to the Hunter Boats Co. of Orillia, Ontario.

The sous-fonds is arranged into the following series:

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Technical Drawings and Blueprints

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Simcoe County Archives

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