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The Prairie Steamship Heritage Association Inc. was founded in January, 2013 by a small group of people who are passionate about the stories of the ships that opened western Canada for European settlement in the days before the advent of the railways which irrevocably altered the landscape of the Northern Great Plains. Our founding members and Directors are:

  • Professional archaeologist: Leslie J. (Butch) Amundson, MA, RPA, who led the search for artefacts from the sunken steamship City of Medicine Hat  (Chair) Biography
  • Riverboat captain (from the more modern age of diesel, and retired): Peter G. Kingsmill (coincidently the grandson of the founder of Canada's Navy, the Late Admiral Sir Charles E. Kingsmill) (Director) Biography
  • Royal Canadian Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer (Retired) , riverboat owner, master, and underwater imaging expert: Michael J. Steckhan (Director) 
  • Professional archaeologist: David McLeod, BA,MA, Senior archaeologist with the Winnipeg office of Stantec. He has  recorded a number of steamboat wrecks and ferry landing sites in Manitoba and has developed geophysical survey techniques to locate buried features. (Director) Biography
  • Royal Canadian Navy Reserve Captain (Retired), lawyer, writer and community volunteer: Louis Christ (Director)