Mr. Lowery was a perfectionist when it came to numbers, but even he did not know exactly how many ships he designed and built. However, his personal rough estimate was somewhere between 700 and 800, which to his knowledge has never been surpassed by anyone.
( '*' denotes 'at that time'. )
Icebreakers x 8 : Sir
John A. MacDonald (Most powerful
of its type in the world*.
Led SS Manhatten supertanker through
the northwest passage)
(Largest in the world*. 1'st ship through
the St. Lawrence Seaway with H.M. Queen Elizabeth II aboard.
Circumnavigated North America, within 800 miles of the North Pole)
Montcalm (2'nd ship through the St. Lawrence Seaway)
CCGS J.E. Bernier
CCGS Alexander Henry - For a website offering a night aboard one
Mr. Lowery's icebreakers click here
Navy x 10 :
Canadian supply vessel (replenished and
refueled the NATO fleet at sea).
(Click here for a website with a tour of the ship!)
HMCS Qu'Appelle - Destroyer escort (ABC warfare)
- "Bay Class" minesweeper (Launched by Dorothy
Lowery. Served as navy training vessel, Esquimalt,BC)
(HMS Powerful) - Aircraft carrier.
(Rebuilt, and added angled flight-deck with steam-
rescue x 10 : CCGS Rally - "Rally Class" search and rescue.
Tankers x 10 : Federal
(Largest ever built in Canada*)
Emerillon / Papachristidis Ltd.
Lakers x 20 : Whitefish Bay-
Bay St. Paul-
(These ships carried over 1 million bushels of wheat per
load, which equals 21 miles of railway cars!!)
Ferries x 10 : New
Grand Haven (Largest railway car
ferry in the world*,
cloned in Korea)
MV Bluenose - Passenger car ferry
(Yarmouth N.S. to Bar
Harbour, Maine. Carried 600,000 cars and 2 million
passengers for 700,000 miles, which equals 1,400 billion
(not a typo) safe passenger-miles.
The route saved 750 miles of driving).
Quebec City winter and summer ferries.
200 : M.V.Eskimo (1'st icebreaking cargo ship.
Won the "Gold Cane"
more than any other ship, and opened previously
inaccessible settlements in the far North)
10: Including four ocean-going for Foundation
which were launched on the same day.
Shipyards x 6 : Mr.
Lowery designed and built over a half dozen
shipyards throughout the world.
Lighthouses x 3: Tadoussac, Que
- Haut Fond Prince Shoals (Hourglass
design, built in Quebec City, floated to
Tadoussac. Commemorated on postage stamp).
of British Columbia - TRIUMF (5,600 ton magnet).
Worlds largest of its type. (Click here for a website about TRIUMF)
H.A.R.P. (High altitude research project), McGill University.
Through welding, tripled the barrel length of Dr. Gerald Bull's
'Space Gun' thus firing a 5 foot projectile
(Martlet with telemetry) 95 miles into space. A world record for
altitude and weight. Later fired a smaller projectile 111 miles into
space which still stands as the world altitude record.
Nuclear reactor: Containment vessel for Indian reactor (Bombay)
windtunnels x 3 : First ever in Canada (National Research Council)
Sold one to Romania.
Hydro projects :
Built gates and penstocks (MANIC, Bersimis, Pointe des Cascades,
Hydro Quebec, Annapolis River N.S., Grant Rapids,Man., Calgary
Power, and Madras India).
Rail cars x1000's : Oil, wheat,
& Cranes x 10 : Opened Maracibo Bay, Venezuela to ocean-going traffic.
Salvage & Repair : Mr.
Lowery salvaged and
repaired thousands of ships in
four corners of the world.
: Mr. Lowery's advice was most sought-after. Not a port in
the world did not fall under his pen. In less than one day
he was almost always able to solve any problem.
Architectural concepts which he promoted and maximized:
- Ensured the safety, welfare and comfort of the crew
- Variable pitch propellors
- Bulbous bows
- Bow thrusters
- Side thrusters
- Automated controls from the bridge
Keep in mind
that this is only work done in Canada. England,
Singapore, Australia and the rest of the world is not included....
For further research: Passage
to the Sea Edgar Collard, 1991 Doubleday.
Tall Ships and Tankers Eileen Reid Marcil, 1997 McLelland Stewart.
PartnerShips to the World CSL, 1995.
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