The Collingwood Shipyards – From spectacular sidelaunchings to award-winning development

2011 | History | 48 pages

The Collingwood Shipyards, by Canadian writer-photographer, George Czerny, tells the story of this industry which was the economic backbone of Collingwood and district for 103 years. This book also explains the unique sidelaunching method used at this Georgian Bay shipyards which closed in 1986.

A Tribute

The author wants this 48-page book to stand as a tribute to the women and men who worked at the Collingwood Shipyards. He goes on to tell about the transition of the former shipyards property to the award-winning residential development which is happening at this downtown Collingwood (Ontario) waterfront property. Collingwood’s “Walk of History” is also mentioned because of its proximity to the former shipyards property and the fact that memorial plaques, which carry the names of Collingwood-built ships, are embedded in a sidewalk which parallels Heritage Drive. The Collingwood Shipyards book features 67 photographs, many in colour, which can never be taken again, including historic, sequential photographs of sidelaunchings. The book, which features technical information and diagrams, also has aerial views of the shipyards; as that area of Collingwood harbour looked back then and now.

George Czerny-Holownia