Fonds MS-2-600 - Ronald Justin Inness fonds

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Ronald Justin Inness fonds

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  • [19--] (Creation)

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31.5 cm of textual records ; 43 Photographs

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(1913 - 1979)

Biographical history

Ronald Inness was a marine engineer, collector and member of the World Ship Society, the Belgium Nautical Research Association, and the Steamship Society of America. He compiled a collection of photographs of ocean liners and merchant ships along with steamship histories and fleet lists. Born 29 January 1913 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Inness came from a long line of sea captains in Hunts Point, Queen's County, dating back to the clipper ship era.

His career with Foundation Maritime began in 1936 when he joined the tugboat Banshee as second engineer. In 1940 he was transferred to the Chedabucto on station at Gaspe, Quebec, during the salvage operation of the Furness cargo liner, Incemore. He was appointed chief engineer of the Joseph H. Martin and spent the Second World War on a series of lend-lease tugs operated by Maritime Towing & Salvage. Following this, he worked on the Banscot, sister tug of the Banshee. In 1957, he was transferred to the new motor tug Foundation Victor, where he remained until 1962.

In August 1963, Inness joined the office staff of Foundation Maritime and became the assistant superintendent marine engineer, retiring in January 1977.

Custodial history

Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives Mrs. R.E. Borne, sister of Ronald Justin Inness, in two accessions: (1989-018) on May 12, 1989, and (1989-025) on June 13, 1989.

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Fonds consists of materials collected by Ronald Justin Inness about ships and shipping companies, including pamphlets, manuscripts, clippings, and correspondence. Fonds also contains manuscripts written by Ronald Justin Inness about the Innes' genealogy.

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  • Dutch
  • English
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  • Norwegian

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Ronald Justin Inness fonds, MS-2-600, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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