Birth of a Munitions Industry

19 Sept 1914THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY, 19 September 1914 – The Montreal business newspaper, The Journal of Commerce, reported earlier this week from Sydney, Cape Breton, that “A Canadian commission, comprising Thomas Cantley, general manager of the |Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company, Col. Bertram, of Montreal; George W. Watts, Lt.-Col Lafergie, and A.G. Carnegie, Toronto, has been appointed to inquire into the feasibility of the manufacture of shells for the Canadian and British field artillery guns in Canada.  On Tuesday last the commission assembled at Camp Valcartier and discussed the matter, but the result of their findings has not so far been made public. Your correspondent has it on good authority that the government has set aside two million dollars to be used in this work.”  [2]


[1] “May Manufacture Shells in Canada,” The Journal of Commerce, Montreal, September 17, 1914, pg. 1, col. 4.
[2] Ibid.