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William McMillan was active in his business between 1893 and the early 1930s. He resided in Lockeport or the surrounding area. He was a merchant and he owned both a general store and several ships. From his store he sold typical items, including boots and coal. His shipping company imported and exported items like salt, fish, coal, etc. to the West Indies, Bahamas, Cuba, Turks and Caicos. McMillan was also active in other businesses (i.e., the People's Wharf and Redding & McMillan). In addition, he helped build the shipyard in Allendale with Howard Allen. They went into business together and formed Howard Allen and Co. That business and the shipyard went through several owners until it came back to McMillan. He then experienced taxation and financial difficulties and tried to sell it, but no one purchased it, spelling the end of shipbuilding at Allendale.