Egbert Ralph Perry at the Wireless Station in Sault Ste Marie, ON 


Egbert Ralph Perry at the

Sault Ste Marie Wireless Station in ON

Call Letters were VBB

My father, Egbert Ralph Perry,  was the wireless operator at the Sault Ste. Marie Wireless Station where I was born. He was there from around 1936 to 1951 when he retired and we moved to B.C. Before that he was at the Tobermory Wireless Station. I have pictures of the Sault Ste. Marie Wireless Station and the home we lived in there.


A couple of the pictures are of him at work. There is also a picture of the station, a picture of the power pole on the property and a fith picture showing a little bit of our house which was a duplex shared with the other operator whose name was Jim Boutellier.


There was a boardwalk between the station and our house and I remember my Dad letting me talk to kids that lived on lighthouses and that was fun to do. Apparently during the war we had soldiers posted at the gates to the property but I was too young to remember that. Our property was always plowed during the worst winter snow and often built up to huge heights from the plow. It was a huge area of land with a big field where we had a swing on an old oak tree. I think I heard that there is a school there now and a street named Wireless.


I think the Sault Ste. Marie Wireless Station was closed down after we left in June 1951. My Dad was at some station around Toronto before the Soo as my sisters were born there whereas I was born in the Soo.


The Sault Ste. Marie Wireless Station was a very special place for my childhood and many people wouldn’t know it even existed.




Diana Couch

April 6, 2017




The Wireless Station in Sault Ste Marie, ON.....on Lake Street


The antenna pole on the property of the Gov't Wireless Station

with storm fences and a farm house in the background....Soo ON


The family home beside the Wireless Station in Sault Ste Marie ON.....1936-1951



A note from the Webmaster


In the document "A History of the Canadian Coast Guard and Marine Services", Thomas E. Appleton wrote:


"Between 1910 and 1912, the Wireless Service of the Department of Marine and Fisheries was extended to the Great Lakes with the building of stations at Port Arthur, Midland, Point Edward, Tobermory and Sault Ste. Marie."


In March 2016, we received information about the Tobermory Wireless Station from Arthur Amos. In April 2017, we received the above information about the Sault Ste.Marie Wireless Station from Diana Couch. We are still looking for information about the Port Arthur, Midland and Point Edward Wireless Stations.


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Tobermory Wireless Station


Egbert Ralph Perry


Jim Boutellier