Bluebell (1906 ship)

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Bluebell, launched in 1906, served as a ferry, in Toronto, until 1955.

Bluebell was a ferry built in Toronto, Ontario by Polson Iron Works for the Toronto Ferry Company.[1][2][3][4][5] She was a steam-powered vessel, propelled by side-wheels.

She was built in 1906, and acquired by the city in 1927 when its contract with the ferry company expired, and remained in service until 1955.[5] She was converted to a scow in 1957, but sank on her first voyage after her relaunch.

Polson Iron Works finished a sister ship to the Bluebell, the Trillium, also named after a flower, which underwent a long restoration after being left to sink, and rot, in a lagoon.


  1. Erin Sylvester. The History Behind the Ferry You’ll Take to the Toronto Islands, Torontoist, 2016-07-21. Retrieved on 2018-08-11. “According to a 1963 article in the Toronto Star, a brief note in the column “In Town and Out,” the City purchased Bluebell and Trillium to convert them into sewage disposal craft. Bluebell apparently sank on a trial run, before extra floatation devices were attached.”
  2. Mike Filey. Trillium summertime memories, Toronto Sun, 2018-06-18. Retrieved on 2018-08-11. “As the professional baseball games played by the Toronto Maple Leaf ball team at the Hanlan’s Point stadium continued to draw larger and larger crowds, it soon became obvious that the latter vessel, Bluebell, the largest of the trio, was unable to handle the hoards of Hanlan’s Point-bound fans.”
  3. Mike Filey. Queen of the fleet, Heritage Toronto, 2010-06-08. Retrieved on 2018-08-11.
  4. Jake Schabas. Throwback Thursday: Travelling back in time on board the Trillium, Spacing magazine, 2009-06-18. Retrieved on 2018-08-11. “Built by Polson Iron Works Limited, the $75,000 Trillium was an exact replica of her sister ship, the Bluebell, built four years earlier. The largest of the four “flower ferries,” the Trillium was named the flower of Ontario and had an original passenger capacity of 1450.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chris Bateman. The nautical adventures of the Trillium ferry in Toronto, Blog TO, 2013. Retrieved on 2018-08-11. “The TTC took over ferry operations from the city in 1927, bringing the Trillium and its sister ships the Bluebell, Mayflower, Primrose, Jasmine, John Hanlan, Clark Bros., and Luella into the company that operated busses and streetcars in the city.”