Senator George Fulford bought the 42 metre (138-foot) steam-powered yacht for
$100,000 in 1904 from owners Charles Canfield, a Michigan lumber mogul.
Fulford rechristened it, The Magedoma after his family (MAry, GEorge,DOrothy,MArtha).
Canadian businessman and politician George Taylor Fulford bought the George Fulford tragically died in a car accident only one year after the debut of his proud vessel, his family entertained many renowned guests, including several Prime Ministers, on day trips in Ontario and beyond aboard the Magedoma for years to come.
The Magedoma sailed the Thousand Islands for more than four decades.
The boat had a crew of up to nine men including a cook, steward and fireman.
One of the most luxurious steam yachts of the Thousand Islands was a floating fixture on the
St. Lawrence River during the area's Gilded Era.
It had four double staterooms, drawing room, dining room, staterooms for the captain and engineer and a bathroom with a shower.
Magedoma Hull 1902
The vessel had sleeping quarters for up to 14 guests and boasted a Cuban mahogany dining room with seating for 20.
The Fulford family kept the steam yacht for decades, entertaining dignitaries aboard including Prime Ministers and British royalty. High profile guests included Canadian Prime Ministers Sir Wifrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Kent and the British Prime Minister. Fulford's daughter Martha's wedding to second husband Charles MacLean was also held aboard the Magedoma in 1908.
The family loaned the yacht to the Canadian Navy during World War II as a training vessel in the St. Lawrence. It was returned to the Fulfords after the war with damages in need of $13,000 in repairs. They sold it shortly after and it changed hands several times.
The yacht eventually went into decline, but has since been restored and is now on exhibit in Connecticut, USA. Cangarda was named after owner Canfield and wife, Belle Gardner.
Sunken Magedoma 2002
Magedoma Hull Plating
Magedoma Christened Cangarda
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