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N87578 Photo: via Robert Linden

Ball Lake Lodge, Ontario, Canada
Photo:   Barney Lamm,  courtesy of Robert Linden


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 145
Manufacturing Date: 1946-11-??
Engine: Franklin 6A8-215-B8F (215 hp at 2500 RPM)
Remarks: Mode S Codes 53006127 / AC0C57
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC87578 1946-11-?? Manufacturing Date.
1946-11-?? Test flight.
1946-11-19 Officially delivered from Republic Aviation Corporation to Dakota Aviation Company; Huron, South Dakota, USA.
1947-04-24 Barney Lamm; Route 1, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560.

Barney Lamm was the owner of Ball Lake Lodge and Ontario Central Airlines.

1950-09-11 Cancelled from US CAR.  Exported to Canada.
CF-GTW 1950-??-?? Registered on Canadian CAR.
1950-??-?? Ontario Central Airlines (Barney Lamm); Ontario.
19??-??-?? R. Cooper and S. H. Blandford.
1960-09-20 Accident at Walls Pond, Newfoundland (48 51' N, 55 11' W).
Pilot: Samuel Herbert Blandford (37), PPL # QMP-3741.
File # 5002-1132.

Pilot error.  He selected unsuitable terrain. He misjudged the engine controls. Aircraft collided with the shore.  Substantial damage to aircraft.  Nil injuries.

????-??-?? Cancelled from Canadian CAR.
2002-07-06 BARNEY LAMM, a native of Moorhead, MN and pioneer entrepreneur in the Canadian tourist and aviation industry, died Saturday, July 6, 2002 in Cincinnati, OH at the age of 82. Barney built and for 25 years operated Barneys Ball Lake Lodge, a premiere fly-in hunting and fishing resort in northern Ontario. In 1946 Barney married Marion Peterson of Fargo and, leaving behind a successful flying school, the newlyweds headed north to Canada in a two seater Piper float plane. On the shores of Ball Lake, the Lamms enlisted the help of the Ojibwe men from the nearby Grassy Narrows and Whitedog reservations to begin construction of the luxury wilderness resort that would become the center of their life together. Over the years, Barney and Marion had a hand in developing and operating a network of fishing resorts and charter airlines throughout the Canadian wilderness. It is a testament to Barneys remarkable business integrity and generosity of spirit that he counted loyal friends amongst every facet of the tourist industry, from pilots and politicians, to native guides and celebrity sportsmen. 

Barneys strength as a businessman of principle was tested in 1970 when an environmental situation precipitated the closure of Ball Lake Lodge due to dangerous levels of methyl mercury in the water system. The Lamms refocused their energy on seeking accountability and compensation for the camp owners and native peoples whose lives had been affected, even as Barney began restructuring and expanding his aviation business throughout the Canadian north country. For the next 25 years, Barney was a central figure in Canadian aviation and Ontario Central Airlines, which was headquartered in Gimli, MB helped to open up the wilderness to other professional and charitable endeavors. The real measure of a persons life is not in the accomplishments of an extraordinary career, but in the loyalty of his friends, the love of his family and the legacy of integrity and generosity that he leaves behind. 

For all of his professional success, Barney will be remembered most for his love of the Canadian north, his enthusiasm for flying, his unfailing generosity toward anyone in need and his unremittingly loyalty to all who worked with him. Everyone who knew Barney can tell a story of some kindness given freely and without recompense, simply because Barneys heart was as open and unbounded as the wilderness country he loved. When all else had been weighed, it was Barneys integrity, humor, loyalty and generosity that drew people to him with love and admiration. 

Barney is survived by his four daughters, Rochelle, Cherie, Laurie and Elyse; his three sons-in-law, Mark, Kim and Joe; and his nine grandchildren, David-Andrew, Sierra, Michael, Sara Kate, Megan, Adam, Haleigh, Daniel and Hannah. He was preceeded in death by his wife Marion and his daughters, Mary Denise and Maria.


  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Robert Linden.

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