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Canadian Vickers Limited was an aircraft and shipbuilding company that operated in Canada during the early part of the 20th century until 1944. A subsidiary of the UK parent, it built its own aircraft designs as well as others under licence. Canadair absorbed the Canadian Vickers Ltd. aircraft operations in November 1944.

H Boat launched at Canadian Vickers Limited
H Boat launched at Canadian Vickers Limited

British ship building and weapons manufacturing conglomerate Vickers Sons & Maxim was invited by the Government of Canada in 1911 to establish a Canadian division to manufacture vessels for the nascent Royal Canadian Navy. Vickers Sons & Maxim established Canadian Vickers Ltd. and constructed Maisonville Shipyard at Viauville (Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve) in the east end of Montreal near Boulevard Viau and rue Notre-Dame Est.

Today the old shipyard buildings are gone replaced by silos and port facilities now owned by the Port of Montreal.

During World War I the yard built the Holland 602 type submarine for the British and the Italian Navy. They were known as the British H Class submarine in the Royal Navy



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