Harry Greening

Jim Thompson, Harry Greening, Bill Braden, Gar Wood in 1957

Inducted 2003

Harry Greening was a prominent Hamilton industrialist who was president of the B. Greening Wire Co. As well, he was co-founder of International Airways, which became part of Canadian Pacific Airlines, and a major player in the founding of the Hamilton Automobile Club. He was commodore of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and Chairman of the Racing Commission of the American Power Boat Association, elected later to the honour squadron for his contribution to the sport of power boating. Also known as the father of Canadian powerboat racing, this tremendous sportsman constructed Canada’s first power boat in the attic of his Hamilton home. His originality resulted in the development of a hydroplane, which made boating history. As his enthusiasm for the sport grew, his true talent began to shine. He rocked the power boat word in the Roaring Twenties, shattering world records for speed and endurance. His active racing career dated from 1904 to 1929 but his contribution to the sport through various associations and governing bodies continued for many years. His pioneering achievements broke ground for other Canadians and the successes of Hall of Fame member Bob Hayward, for example, can logically be said to have resulted from Greening’s trailblazing efforts. Herold Greening carried the Canadian flag to an unprecedented series of wins and world records, gaining international honours, esteem and respect. In typical Canadian fashion, these momentous achievements have brought little appreciation here at home, except in Hamilton.

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