Tuesday, January 31, 2023
The shipyard in Victoria was started by William Bullen in 1893 as a marine railway for hull repairs. The business grew and when Mr. Bullen suffered a stroke, the company was sold to Yarrow & Co. of Scotland just before WW1. The shipyard continued to expand and constructed a number of frigates and other ships during WW2. During the seventies, with shipbuilding on the decline, they took on a variety of non ship-related work to remain viable. The company passed through several investors hands until it was closed in 1991.
A short comprehensive history of The Yarrows Ltd. Shipyard here.
Monday, January 30, 2023
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Thursday, January 26, 2023
I always thought the Rob North Triumph frames looked "correct" with those top tubes wrapping around the engine heading in a straight line to the swingarm pivot, allowing a great big triangular tank to sit on top- perfect for roadracing. With all the mechanical and cosmetic things removed it almost looks modern.
But, bottom pic, how well did it work as a dirttracker, I wonder?
|Lindsay Brooke, Triumph Racing Motorcycles in America, Motorbooks 1996|
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
We visited the Wheeler Maple Products (located slightly south of the middle of Nowhere, Ontario) on the weekend. Certainly a backwoods business done right. Pancakes and sausages were great but part of the attraction is the forest-farm (chainsaw) museum. Lots of old mechanical things to admire and ponder.
This device is a whole ungainly saw system that would attach to the back end of a tractor. The pump would be run by the PTO, tank hung wherever was convenient and any log within 10 or 15 feet could be cut. Setup time would suggest it would not be for casual use, but if you were the kinda guy that hated pulling starter cords... Made by the Von Ruden Manufacturing company in Claremont, Minnesota, which is still in business today, located in Buffalo. Another one here.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
A little tattered maybe, but this must have been Cycle Canada Magazine's first Buyer Guide. I'm not sure when the magazine started but at that point it was in a glossy-covered newspaper format (I'll ask John Cooper the next time I see him). This magazine continued the newsprint-quality pages but was mostly a directory of all the 1975 model year motorcycles available in Canada. A big deal!
The lineup was pretty much the same as the US except there was a special name for a Yamaha for the Quebec market. (Bottom)
FS1E Quebecois moped
At the beginning of the war it was painted grey and did duty as a troop ship until being attacked on Oct 26, 1940 near Ireland by a patrolling German Condor. The ship caught fire and was evacuated. The next day a German submarine arrived to attack with torpedoes and the Empress of Britain sank at 2:05 on October 28.
Monday, January 23, 2023
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Saturday, January 21, 2023
If you used your finger nails for any task at all, someone makes a tool for that. I'd never considered that a tool was needed to spread piston rings but of course...
Friday, January 20, 2023
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Canadian Tire Corporation pliers with stock number stamped in (58-4677 maybe?) sourced from the German company HPW GmbH, dating back to times when tool manufacturing for Canada’s department stores was outsourced to German, Swedish, and other west European tool manufacturers. HPW is Harry Paul Will which became Will Tools and is still around as OrbisWill. Previous post here.