WaterBridge Steel
Previous Projects

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.

1976 -2000: Finlay Navigation

Finlay 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


1985 - Finlay Navigation FN #1


1989 - Finlay Navigation FN #2


1992 - Babine Charger


1995 - Williston Transporter

2000 - Present: WaterBridge Equipment

With 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.


2000 - Francois Forester