Mercer, Edward

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Mercer, Edward

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Edward Mercer was born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland on April 22, 1864. Relocating to British Columbia, he founded Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd. in 1908 together with his brother, William Mercer. The operation was located at 61 Duncan Street, New Westminster (Queensborough), at the east end of Lulu Island. The business continued as a partnership between the two brothers until 1927 when it was reorganized on a limited liability basis after Edward's sons, W. E. Arthur Mercer and Gordon A. Mercer, purchased their uncle's share. Star Shipyard constructed wooden and steel vessels up to approximately 170 feet (52 meters) in length. They specialized in fishing boats, sternwheelers, tugs and scows for the coastal trade. During the Second World War, warships and other naval craft were constructed for the British, Russian and Canadian navies. The yard continued as a family business until it was sold in 1970. Edward Mercer died in New Westminster on March 4, 1954.


New Westminster, B.C.

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Revised: PWASHINGTON. 2015-11-12




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