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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
James McIntire Buchanan

James Mclntire Buchanan is the vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Alberta Motor Boat Company, Limited, of Edmonton. This business was established in 1912 and through the intervening period Mr. Buchanan has been associated therewith, contributing in large measure to the continued growth and success of the undertaking. This is the only enterprise of the kind in Alberta and to the company is accorded a liberal and well-deserved patronage.

James McIntire Buchanan is a native of Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was born on the 14th of February, 1884, and was there reared and educated. Later he went to Glasgow on the Clyde, where he served a five years' apprenticeship at the boatbuilding trade, and during the first year of his term of indenture he received but one dollar per week, while at the end of five years he was receiving a wage of two dollars and a half per week. When his apprenticeship was completed he went to Belfast, Ireland, where he continued to acquaint himself with the business of boatbuilding, spending nearly two years there and gaining knowledge and experience throughout the period. While in Belfast he formed the acquaintance of J. W. Weir and a little later they crossed the Atlantic to Ontario, where they began contract work in building high-grade motor boats. In that business they continued for two years and in 1912 came to Edmonton.

The partnership between Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Weir has since been maintained and today they are prominently known under the name of the Alberta Motor Boat Company, Limited, as builders of all kinds of boats, from a canoe to a one hundred and fifty foot gasoline boat. They build many craft to be used in connection with the northern fur trade by trappers and hunters and they also build fine gasoline pleasure boats, made of the strongest timbers to withstand the strain of the force of the rushing rivers of the north. Mr. Buchanan and his partner are the only boat-builders of consequence in the province. Both are young men whose training was most thorough and comprehensive, as it was received in some of the leading boatbuilding places on the Clyde in Scotland and also in Belfast. They have turned out some of the finest boats to be seen in western Canada and their business has long since assumed extensive and gratifying proportions.


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