Fonds MS-4-39 - William Roué fonds

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William Roué fonds

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  • 1919-1964 (Creation)
    Roué, William

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60 cm of textual records

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William Roué was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 27, 1879 to James and Grace (Penaligan) Roué. He married Winnifred Conrod in 1908 and had four children named James (Jim), Harry, William F, and Frances. Roué studied mechanical drafting at the Victoria School of Art and Design.
Roué had a passion for boating from an early age, having built toy boats as a child, and designed his first mathematically calculated yacht for his mentor Frank H. Bell in 1907. In 1920, Roué received a contract to design a fishing schooner to compete for the International Fisherman’s Trophy. His design, the Bluenose, was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on March 26, 1921, and went on to win many competitions.
Roué also worked for his father’s firm, Roué Carbonated Waters. The firm was sold in 1929 and Roué became a full-time naval architect in 1934.
In 1934, Roué moved to City Island, New York with his wife and joined a naval architecture firm called Ford and Payne, which became Ford, Payne, and W. J. Roué. He returned to Nova Scotia in 1936. In 1942, Roué invented the sectional barge. He worked as a naval architect until his death on February 27, 1970.

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Accession 1971-143 was donated by Mrs. Stevens in November 1971.

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Fonds contains the correspondence (1919-1964); specifications of design (1930-1964); financial records; ship plans; and other records of William Roué.

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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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