Today we look at one of the most important means of transportation for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Not familiar with the York boat? Here are some fast facts…
– The York boat played a vital role in the operations of the Hudson’s Bay Company
– The name “York boat” wasn’t adopted until the late 1880’s. Previously the boats were called “inland boats” or simply “boats”
– Ironically, the boats were not made in the York Factory. They were constructed at Albany House, where the Albany River enters James Bay
– George Sutherland built the first York boat at Edmonton House in 1795
– The average York boat built at Fort Edmonton were usually manned by 6-8 crew members and carried 4500 to 6300 lbs
– The average lifespan of a York boat was only 3 trips. 5-10 new boats were built each year
Here’s a reenactment of a York boat arrival at Fort Edmonton Park.