Data Ship Systems

1035 W. 11th Ave., Suite 302
Vancouver BC
V6H 1K2 Canada
(604) 355 7499
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For close to 40 years, Data Ship Systems and principle, James (Fred) McConnell have designed and built metal workboats and yachts for scores of satisfied clients. Starting in 1976 in Port Colborne Ontario, McConnell Marine Limited built a series of steel and aluminum alloy yachts and small commercial craft, culminating in 1981 with the construction and commissioning of Canada 1, Canada's first challenger for the America's Cup since the disasterous Countess of Dufferin and Atalanta challenges of 1876 and 1881 respectively. Designed by Laser designer Bruce Kirby and assisted by Steve Killing, the construction was interrupted by serious financial challenges, but with support from Canada's yachting prince, Paul Phelan, a competitive challenge was eventually raised, the yacht skippered by RCYC olympian Terry McLachlan.

After moving from Ontario to Nova Scotia in 1982, McConnell Marine merged with Rose Bay Boat Shop to form Crockett McConnell Inc., in partnership with Venture Capitalist Joe Potter of Marcan Vencap.