Booth & Shannon
P & J Shannon Lumber
Biscotasing a.k.a "Bisco"
& Shannon 1, a unique 0-4-2T with a load of ties. 1905
was a small portable mill at Biscotasing operated by Leech and Rowan, under contract
to CPR in 1886, this was, however, moved to Bright township near Algoma Mills,
under order from the railway.
The mill built by Sadler and O'Neill in
1894 was constructed on land owned by Canadian Pacific Railway and closed in 1898.
I have no record of any contract by them to supply to the CPR. Booth and Shannon
who had been logging the area since 1895, leased the mill site in 1901 and although
I have found no record of them supplying to the CPR either, in 1903 the Booth
and Shannon mill produced the lumber to build the Nicholson sawmill.
A fire at Biscotasing that consumed the sawmill June 12, 1913, is likely why this
locomotive was replaced. I suspect the boiler of this original Biscotasing locomotive
may have been used as a standby for the mill's fire pump, when the larger boiler
that would have been required for the mill would have been shut down. I inspected
an old boiler in 1992 behind the Biscotasing Inn (former Pratt & Shanacy Co.
boarding house), which I was told, was part of the boiler of the sawmill, and
its appearance leads me to believe it was in fact what was left of old #1.
Biscotasing mill was last operated in 1927 and the mill was intact until 1938
when it was sold to Standard Chemical and moved to Harcourt.
& Shanacy 6 (ex P & J Shannon Lumber 6, nee Cavicchi & Pagano 8 (C)
MLW #49495 2/1911 Being rescued in 1958. MNR Chapleau
The second Biscotasing locomotive (#6) was donated to Algonquin Park (East Gate
logging exhibit) in 1958 by D. L. Pratt of Toronto, a son of the Midland lumberman
D. S. Pratt after laying derelict from 1927!