Usually known as "C.R" or "Roof", Charles Rufus Burgess was one of the largrst ship-builders in Nova Scotia. He amassed a fortune and his residence at Wolfville, Nova Scotia was the grandest in the country. It is still standing and has become famous as the Blomidon Inn of Wolfville with 5 star dining.
The following is taken from Eaton's History of Kings County: In 1883, Mr.Burgess purchased the ship-building interests of Philip R. Crichton and soon owned more ships in the country than anyone else. His fleet of full-rigged ships were all built and launched at Kingsport except one, the "Earl Burgess' 1,800 tons was built in 1887 at Parrsboro, N.S. The others were; the "Kammira", 1,885 tons, built in 1882; the "Karoo", 1,900 tons, built in 1883; the "Queens", 1,894 tons, built in 1891; the "Goldenrod", built in 1892 and the "Skoda", built in 1893.
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