Niagara Southwind

photo hanging in the Port Credit Yacht Club


The Niagara Southwindw

The Niagara Southwind was designed by A.M Deering in 1941 and built by Shepherd Boats of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. This boat was originally built as a 52' Cutter for Mr Conroy of Niagara-on-the-Lake and in 1948 the boat was lengthened to make it a 65' ketch. Mr. Conroy, the original owner, was the owner of Conroy Manufacturing - later knows as English Electric of St. Catharines, Ontario. Mr Conroy had the boat docked near the lighthouse by Shepherd Boats for years. I don't know the full history of the boat but it was later owned by Mr. Longstaff of Toronto.

Known facts of the Boat

Original Specs according to 1941 issue of The Rudder
Click here for the 1941 Rudder Article

-52' LOA
-43' on the water
-14' 7"beam
-spinnaker boom 27'
-Displace ment 26.5 tons with 20,000 lbs outside ballast
-power is supplied by a Gray diesel, the 3 cylinder turning up 82 hp
-1300 square feet of working canvas
-Fuel capacity = 800 gallons
-fresh water tanks hold 200 gallons
-double plank bottom with oil soaked canvas in between
-Boat was bought by Mr. Longstaff of Toronto(year?)
-holds 500 gallons diesel
-best speed attained by Mr. Massue was 14 knots while sailing from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Passed approx. 60 boats during race.

Boat was so large that one of the factory walls at Shepherd Boats had to be knocked out to lauch it

-Mr Conroy (original owner) (docked in Niagara-on-the-Lake)
-Major Hahn (I can't confirm this)
-Mr Longstaff of Toronto docked at the RCYC in Toronto
-purchased by Mr. Massue (year?) docked at the Port Credit Yacht Club
Sewell (current owner) New Orleans


The photo below is what the boat looked like as a 52' cutter. Photo taken prior to 1948

Origianally a 52' cutter.  Later turned into a 65' ketch

The photos below were given to me by Lou Massue and Agnes

Thank you to Lou and Anges for the photos and info

Below are photos of the Niagara Southwind while undergoing a complete restoration in New Orleans. These photos were taken before Hurricane Katrina


Below are a few photos of Niagara Southwind after being hit by Hurricane Katrina. It is obviously going to take a lot of effort to get if floating again but as you can see from the other photos it is a beautiful boat and with the proper care can be brought back to it's past glory.  If anyone is interested in this boat please send me your email and I will forward it to the current owners.  I have never seen this boat and don't know the condition of the boat but if you have any questions I am sure the current owners would be happy to help you.  Also, note that these photos were taken before the hurricane

UPDATE (Sept 19,2008) : I just talked to the owner and Niagara Southwind is going to be cut up very shortly unless someone is willing to take her

UPDATE (Sept 19,2008) : I have just received information and it appears someone has purchased the Southwind and is in the process of restoring it. I will provide restoration photos if I can