WHO WAS EDWARD “NED” HANLAN & WHY, IN THE 1930’S, WAS A TUG BOAT NAMED AFTER HIM?

Born to Irish parents, NED HANLAN (1855-1906) was a professional sculler, hotelier and alderman who lived in TORONTO. Hanlan’s Point is named after a small hotel his father opened on Toronto Island’s west end. Every day young Ned would row back and forth across the harbour to attend George Street public school in the city.At eighteen he was competing in rowing events and became amateur champion of Toronto Bay.  He turned professional in 1874/5, and soon afterwards beat all comers, losing only six of his 300 races, and became the world sculling champion for five consecutive years from 1880 to 1884. Following his career as an athlete, Hanlan became a hotelier like his father, and eventually was voted a city alderman. He was also the first head coach of the University of Toronto Rowing Club in 1897. In 1900 he coached Columbia University’s crew for several years. <Abbreviated excerpt from Wikipedia>NED HANLAN died of pneumonia at age 52. Ten thousand Torontonians paid their final respects at the church where his body lay in state. <ABOVE – Ned Hanlan monument on the Toronto Islands, sculpted by Emanuel Hahn><Ned Hanlan tug boat, September 16/1932; photo – City of Toronto Archive/Sidewalk Labs><Breaking ice, March 14/1934><Ned Hanlan steam tug approaching the foot of Bay Street, February 20/1952; photo by JAMES VICTOR, 1911-58><The Ned Hanlan tugboat still exists, although it’s been retired.  You’ll find it on Toronto Islands.>

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