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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Owen Sound > Black Clawson Kennedy
Black Clawson Kennedy
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created by Mutt on 5/10/2004 12:52 AM
last modified by Ben on 7/15/2004 1:07 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
its gone... its alllll gone... all the remains of it have been taken away its now just land. flat.. boring land
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate theres just fences... not very exciting its just dirt land
Recommendation: forget it theres nothing to see anymore
 Physical Information
Owen Sound Harbour
Owen Sound, Ontario
Owner: Unknown
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Then called the Kennedy foundry, they manufactured all of the propellers used on boats and ships built in Canada during the WWII Shipbuilding program for both fighting craft and merchant vessels.

    Tom Thompson, one of the "Group of Seven" famous Canadian painters of art worked as an apprentice in the foundry in 1898.
    Not really interesting as a feature, but maybe interesting to those art buffs out there.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • next door to small town police station
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1863
    Closed: 1997
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  • nothng is required.. unless u plan on climbing the fence to "get a better view" of the flat ground
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    William Kennedy, the founder of Wm. Kennedy & Sons, came to Upper Canada in 1831. In 1856, he travelled to Owen Sound to install machinery for Harrisons' Woolen & Grist Mill. A millwright by trade and trained in Scotland, Kennedy decided to stay in Owen Sound. By 1863, he was the proud owner of a two-story sash and door factory and a machine shop.

    After his death in 1885, his son Matthew added a steel factory. By 1911, it employed 150 people and manufactured turbines, mill gearings, steel casting and propellors. By 1916, two rival companies had been swallowed up by Wm. Kennedy & Sons: Owen Sound Iron Works and Malleable Iron.

    One of William's sons, John, was a civil engineer and designed the Montreal and Halifax harbours. John was knighted in 1916 by King George V for "his devoted service to marine and rail transportation in Canada", becoming Sir John Kennedy.

    In 1924, D.J. Kennedy with fellow businessman, W.J. Christie, enlisted the support of several Owen Sound companies to donate the sum of $5000 apiece to the erection, purchase and operation of a grain elevator in the Owen Sound harbour. It was an attempt to revitalize the harbour. It was the first step toward the construction of the grain elevator which was completed in the fall of 1925.

    In October 1925, homage was paid to Matthew as he celebrated his 80th birthday. In December of the same year, a column in the Owen Sound Sun Times entitled, "Pioneers in Industry" honoured both Matthew, President of Wm. Kennedy and Sons Limited, and D. J. Kennedy, Vice President. Matthew served as mayor of Owen Sound three times during his lifetime.

    Kennedy's Foundry manufactured and supplied propellors for hundreds of ships worldwide, on every Canadian naval ship and on most merchant marine vessels. During World War I and World War II, operations were dedicated almost solely to the war effort.

    It remained a family-owned business for almost one hundred years until it was sold in 1951 to a British firm. The company underwent another ownership change in 1961 when it was purchased by Black Clawson of Hamilton, Ohio, which manufactured the heavy machinery required for the pulp and paper industry. It was necessary to expand the building to house this huge operation.

    Black Clawson Kennedy closed its doors in 1997.
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     Future Plans
    It has now been completely demolished and only plans that ive heard of has been a senior condo... but the lands too valuable for that to probably happen.Some big factory will probably buy it

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    Mon, May 10th, 2004
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    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Crossfire on 1/26/2005 5:25 PM.

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  • on Jul 15 04 at 1:07, Ben changed the main information
  • on Jun 13 04 at 3:50, Phillips changed the main information
  • on May 10 04 at 2:41, Mutt made this location available
  • on May 10 04 at 2:40, Mutt updated basic gallery info
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  • on May 10 04 at 2:35, Mutt updated a gallery picture
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