Shelburne Diesel is pleased to announce their acquisition of J.H. McKay Marine Railway Limited and the expansion of their facilities to include a 330 Ton Marine Railway, additional laydown areas and increased wharf frontage.
The dock, C175, designed by Crandall Dry Dock Engineers Inc. of Chelsea, Massachusetts, was built in 1942 originally as a 200 ton facility, for the Canadian Naval Service. Owned and operated by J.H. McKay Marine Railway for many years after its de-commissioning as naval infrastructure, further improvements brought its capacity up to 300 and then 330 ton. The cradle dimensions are 110 feet in length and 30 feet in width. The railway is complemented by a large 45 foot X 50 foot boat shop which permits hull repairs, painting and other services in a large work space protected from weather.
Since acquiring the railway Shelburne Diesel has also completed an extensive environmental clean- up of the property, removing tons of contaminated soil from the railway’s well and stabilizing it with armour rock. Further improvements are planned for the future.
Some of the additional services now offered by the company include vessel haul out services and storage, full vessel refits, sandblasting, painting and other hull repairs as well as propulsion system repairs.