John Harding, President and Owner of WaterBridge Steel has over 25 years of ship building experience with his current companies WaterBridge Steel and Waterbridge Equipment and his previous company Finlay Navigation.
Navigation commenced operations in 1968 as a marine towing business operating
tugs and barges on the man-made Williston Lake in north central British
Columbia. It was a progressive, well
equipped and profitable marine company. Following the purchase of the Company by John
Harding in 1976, the business grew steadily to include the design, construction
and operation of car and truck ferries serving customers on several Interior
lakes. Click on the pictures below to see more information on the vessels constructed by Finlay Navigation.
the sale of Finlay Navigation Ltd. in 2000, John Harding directed his talents
toward solving the transportation problems identified by the Ministry of
Transportation at Francois Lake. The
increasing logging volumes resulting from the mountain pine beetle infestation
in the area were leading to delays and congestion on the government’s existing
ferry, the “Omineca Princess”. Mr.
Harding’s solution was to build a larger ferry which would be designed, built
and operated by WaterBridge Equipment Inc.
This suggestion led to the privatized service, and the construction of a
new ferry, the “Francois Forester”. WaterBridge operated the government’s ferry,
the “Omineca Princess”, while the “Francois Forester” was being constructed. Click on the picture below to learn more about the Francois Forester.