Russel Brothers Limited   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO   Steelcraft Boat Builders
 
The Robert B. Farrow Collection
A collection of recent photos of roughly 150 Russel craft throughout Canada.
A fascinating look at where they are, up to 70 years later...

 

Rob has also thoughtfully provided his own 2006 boat location maps.
Map 1 - Quebec/Ontario Border   Map 2 - Lake Superior Area   Map 3 - Northwestern Ontario   Map 4 - Manitoba   Map 5 - Southern Ontario   Map 6 - Central Quebec

 
Alec   1948

Sitting in a gravel pit (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Alert   1951

Up for sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Alert & Kayvee   1951

Up for sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Alma Marie   1957

In use MacDairmid, ON (Orient Bay, ON May 5, 2002)
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Ancaster   1951

On display Owen Sound, ON (Owen Sound, ON July 31, 2002)
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Atomic   1945

In use (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Babikan   1945

Sitting ashore (Squaw Bay, ON March 27, 2004)
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Basko   1946

On display (Baskatong Reservoir, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Basko   1946

On display (Baskatong Reservoir, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Beauchene   1952

Owned by Friends of The Haileybury Fire (Heritage) Museum Haileybury, Ontario.
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Beulah K.   1945

Photographed near Low, QC on July 5, 2006
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BO 100-02   1953

Construction tug in use (Winnipeg, MB Sept 21 2003, no other info on this tug, but likely Brompton Otter)
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Bonnechere   1952

Photographed in Bryson, QC, July 6th, 2006
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Bonnyville   1944

Pleasure tug (Gore Bay, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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Bonnyville   1944

Pleasure tug (Gore Bay, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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Boomalong   1944

For sale 2005 (Soo, ON Dec 20, 2001)
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Boomalong   1944

(Soo, MI, July 2, 2004)
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Boule 8   ????

No info but definitely Russel Built. 37’ Alligator style tug sitting in Irwin Lumber Yard in Kazabazau, QC beside Siskin in 2004. Name tag welded to Starboard side of tug.
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Brompton Bear   1956

Rebuilt 2000 as construction tug. Cabin scrapped Sept 2005. (Thunder Bay, ON Oct 11, 2003)
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Brompton Caribou   1955

Sitting in Robert B. Farrow's backyard. Plans to restore. (Thunder Bay, ON Sept 26, 2005)
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Brompton Mink   1952

Sitting in backyard (Nipigon, ON July 15, 2005)
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Brompton Seal   1956

Ashore (MacDairmid, ON May 5, 2002)
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Brompton Seal   1956

Ashore (MacDairmid, ON May 5, 2002)
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Brompton Weasel   1951

Sitting in Backyard (Nipigon, ON Oct 21, 2005)
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Cassell   1946

(Bayfield, ON April 4, 2004)
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Cassiopeia IV   1957

Ex Alice M. Photographed in Cochrane, ON, July 7th, 2006.
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Chanceville (Model)   1946

(Bayfield, ON April 4, 2004)
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Channel Bratt   1942

Ex Ada Marie Purvis (Gore Bay, Aug 26, 2005)
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Channel Bratt   1942

Ex Ada Marie Purvis (Gore Bay, Aug 26, 2005)
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Chippewa III   1955

Ex Maid of the Mist boat, used as Tourboat (Parry Sound, ON July 25, 2002)
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Clark B. Davis   1951

Was being cut up in 2004, hull reportedly sold to person in Québec. (Matheson, ON Aug 19, 2004)
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Clark B. Davis   1951

Was being cut up in 2004, hull reportedly sold to person in Québec. (Matheson, ON Aug 19, 2004)
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Cobra   1946

Ex Quinze (Soo, ON April 2, 2004)
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Colinette   1943

Being rebuilt by Mathews Marine (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Decelles   1941

Used as Pleasure Tug (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Denis M.   1942

Ex Lac Kenogami, Used by Port Authority (Montreal, QC April 7, 2004)
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Dorelin II   1952

Sitting Harry Gamble Scrapyard (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Dorothy Lee   1947

Fishing Charter Boat (Sturgeon Lake, ON July 28, 2003)
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DPW No. 205   ????

(Selkirk, MB July 30, 2003)
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Dryden 3 Hull   1947

Hull sitting outskirts of City and Cabins where sitting in a Rail yard in the City but have recently been moved to an unknown location. (Thunder Bay, ON May 1, 2003)
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Dryden 3 Cabin   1947

Sitting in a gravel pit (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Eddy No. 6   1953

Located in Maniwaki, QC. Hull number 1004. July 6th, 2006.
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Eddy VIII   ????

Sitting at Mill. Was rumored to be restored for City display at one time. (Blind River, ON Aug 27, 2005)
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Ellen Marie   ????

Owner and Previous owner claim she's Russel built Fishing Trawler. But no info is known on her. (Thunder Bay, ON Sept 4, 2004)
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Escuminac   1948

Used by Nadro Marine (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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F. A. Harrison   1947

Owned by Ferry Company (Masson-Anger, QC April 6, 2004)
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Florence M.   1944

Ex Foundation Joan, sitting in Gamble scrapyard (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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George N. Carleton   1943

Active service (Thunder Bay, ON Sept 9, 2001) (originally Glenlea, later Bansaga)
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George N. Carleton   1943

March 24, 2004.
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Glenada   1943

Active service (Thunder Bay, ON April 10, 2001)
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Glenmont   1948

Rebuilt as Charter boat, re-registered as new built Carolina Borealis
(Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Glidalong   1947

Used by Mill (Longlac, ON July 12, 2005)
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Goki   1940

Sitting in Purvis scrapyard, for sale. (Soo, ON April 2, 2004)
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Goward   1945

For Sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Grampa's Dream   1941

Ex Debbie Cin, for sale (Parry Sound, ON April 3, 2004)
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Grand Marais   ????

(Selkirk, MB May 18, 2002)
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Granite Bay   1947

Used to be used for Private Mill parties but sitting dockside for last few years (Hudson, ON May 19, 2004)
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Greta V   1951

Used by Marine Company (Montreal, QC April 6, 2004)
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Grouse   1949

Privately owned (Longlac, ON July 13, 2003)
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Gyp   1946

On display (Maniwaki, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Hallet   1940

On display (Fort Frances, ON June 10, 2004)
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Harbour Princess I   ????

Ex Garden City. Tourboat (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Huk-A-Buk II   ????

Seems to be Russel Built, has Russel wheel and winch. No other info, owner thought it was Maffey Steel Boats Built. (Fort Frances, ON May 18, 2003)
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Hull 333   ????

Thought to be either Gort or Chug
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Hull 383   1941

Boat on left. Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1941, not known which one.
(Powerview, MB July 30, 2003)
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Hull 399   1941

Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1941. Not known which one.
(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Hull 613   1946

Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1946. Not known which one.
(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Hull 642   1946

Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1946. Might be Towalong.
(Thunder Bay, ON May 13, 2004)
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Hull 642   1946

Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1946. Might be Towalong.
(Thunder Bay, ON May 13, 2004)
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H.D. Freeze   1947

HULL 695. Canadian List of Shipping 1956: H. D. Freeze [C.177875] registered at Montreal; built at Owen Sound in 1947. 35'1 x 10'l x 4'3; 11 g.t.; 7 n.t.; 93 hp. Owned by Miramichi Lumber Company (Ltd.), N. B. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug H. D. Freeze [C.177875] registered at Montreal. Built at Owen Sound in 1947. 35'; 11 g.t. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Wm. Brown, Gracefield, Québec. RBF photo (Bristol Mines, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Hull 712   1947

Known to be built by Russel Bros., in 1947. Not known which one. (Wawa, ON Aug 28, 2005)
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Hull 735   ????

No info known, for sale (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Hull 857   ????

Being rebuilt as work tug. No more info known.
(Richardson's Landing, ON July 3, 2004)
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Hull 980   1948

Believed to be Cottus. (South Baymouth, ON Aug 27, 2005)
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Hull1008   ????

Believed to be Brompton Marten (MacDairmid, ON May 5, 2002)
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Hull1008   ????

Believed to be Brompton Marten (MacDairmid, ON Dec. 15, 2002)
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Irish Mist   1947

40' x 10' x 4'. 140hp Cummins marine diesel. Built 1947, displacement 20,000 lbs. (Red Rock, ON Nov 3, 2005)
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Jimmie N.   1945

Idle Fish Tug, no engine (Hurkett, ON May 5, 2002)
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Joan Carol   1948

Sitting in Farmers field, for sale for around $8000 (Aug 20, 2004)
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Kagiano   1945

Barge sitting ashore for years (Pic River, ON May 25, 2002)
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Kay Vee   1946

For sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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King Fish I   ????

Used to push "Party Barge" for Social Events (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Kwe   1940

Former Ministry Fish Tug, now Pleasure Boat (Nipigon, ON July 13, 2003)
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Kwe   1940

July 18, 2004.
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Lac Du Bonnett   1946

Tug on Right. (Powerview, MB July 30, 2003)
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Le Sapin Comeau   1941

Ex Allagash (Masson-Angers, QC April 6, 2004)
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Little L   1944

Ex Mazerac, USA Owned (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Loganville   1944

(Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Lorne Cook   1946

Alias Lorne C27, was to be used for Charter tours on river but township wouldn't allow it. Sitting (Wright, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Malden   1946

Barge (Soo, ON Aug 25, 2005)
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Manistique   1954

Once used in the Mining Pits at Atikokan, ON (Kingston, ON April 5, 2004)
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Martin E. Johnson   1959

(Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Mary Firchuk   1949

Ex Mossey. Brought to Thunder Bay, ON from Gimli, MB to be rebuilt as pleasure tug. Individual got divorced and tug has been sitting for years. (Thunder Bay, ON June 8, 2002)
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McNCo No. 20   1956

(Montreal, QC April 7, 2004)
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Mellon   1956

For Sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Mink Isle   1947

Ex Brompton Duchess (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Missinaibi   1952

On display (Hull, QC April 6, 2004)
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Mitoi   ????

Looks like a Russel Built 37' flat bottom hull, not confirmed (Grand Bend, ON April 4, 2004)
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M.V. Beauchene   1952

On display (Haileybury, ON April 8, 2004)
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Nedelec   ????

Appears to be a "Ville Class" Russel Tug, not Confirmed. Name "Nedelec" is on Port side. (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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New Billy   ????

Rebuilt winch tug, no info (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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New Billy   ????

Rebuilt winch tug, no info (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Ogima II   1954

Charter Boat (Thunder Bay, ON July 12, 2003)
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O.M. 238   1945

Partially sunk but not abandoned (Fort Frances, ON May 19, 2004)
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O. M. 340   1945

Recently bought 2005 and trucked to Kingston, ON where she is being rebuilt. Already sports a fresh coat of black and yellow paint
(Fort Frances, ON June 11, 2004)
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O. M. 340   1945

Sept. 29, 2004.
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Onaman   1938

Sitting ashore for last three years (Thunder Bay, ON June 8, 2004)
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Ongiara   1963

Passenger Ferry (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Opeongo   1947

Marine Construction Tug (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Oskawan II   1941

Sitting Backyard (Nipigon, ON July 15, 2005)
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Patsy Jos. M.   1951

Privately owned (Baskatong Reservoir, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Peguis II   1955

On Display (Selkirk, MB May18, 2003)
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Peguis II   1955

On Display (Selkirk, MB May18, 2003)
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Pigeon   1949

Sitting at Mill (Longlac, ON July 12, 2005)
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Pijitic   1946

(Port Stanley, ON April 4, 2004)
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Pine Bay   1948

Ex Mae Mac No 1, on display (Dryden, ON July 31, 2003)
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P.P.M. 31   1937

Rebuilt and unofficially renamed WT Marion Laura, reregistered 2005 as PPM 31 (Thunder Bay, ON Dec 8, 2001)
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P.P.M. 32   1946

Sold on eBay for $5500US in 2004. Still waiting to be moved to the Soo, ON (Selkirk, MB May 18, 2003)
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Queensville   1944

(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Queensville   1944

(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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R.A. Hoey   1961

(Meaford, ON April 3, 2004)
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Regan   1941

(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Regan   1941

(Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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R. J. Kelly   1952

Being rebuilt (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Robert W.   1948

(Thunder Bay, ON May 3, 2001)
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Robert W.   1948

(Thunder Bay, ON Nov. 10, 2004)
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Sandra Mary   1962

Ex Flo Cooper (Thunder Bay, ON July 14, 2001)
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Sarynthia II   ????

Named after owner's daughters Sarah and Cynthia. Came from Dryden area, sold on eBay in 2004 for $1275US to individual in New Jersey, USA. Nothing else known. (Hudson, ON Sept 25, 2004)
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Scottish Thistle   1944

Ex Eileen G. (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Scottish Thistle   1944

Ex Eileen G. (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Seagull III   1946

(Red Rock, ON Nov 19, 2001)
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Siskin   1955

On display (Low, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Skimmer   1946

Lumber Yard (Kazabazua, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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Slo Moe   ????

Former Fish Tug (Bayfield, ON April 4, 2004)
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Still Watch   1948

- Ex Ville Marie Coast Guard Vessel. Temporarily named Vast Explorer for Robert Ballard Movie (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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T. Gibbens   1946

Was scheduled for scrapping with Clark B. Davis. Reported sold along with Davis Hull (Matheson, ON Aug 19, 2004)
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T. Gibbens   1946

Was scheduled for scrapping with Clark B. Davis. Reported sold along with Davis Hull (Matheson, ON Aug 19, 2004)
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Tauno   1949

On display (Longlac, ON July 13, 2003)
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The Rapids   1960

Used to ferry supplies on Lake Winnipeg (Selkirk, MB May 18, 2003)
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Timesaver II   1964

Gas Drilling Barge (Port Stanley, ON April 4, 2004)
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Tomiko   1947

(Hudson, ON May 19, 2004)
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Tugalong   ????

On display (Longlac, ON Aug 19, 2004)
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Unknown 1   ????

Has Russel Wheel, former Fish Tug. No other info (Rossport, ON Oct 21, 2005)
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Unknown 2   1948

Looks Russel built, no info (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Unknown 3   ????

Russel Winch Tug, bow buried by Mill employees no other info (Hudson, ON May 19, 2004)
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Unknown 4   1948

37' Rebuilt Russel Tug, no info (Little Current, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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Velma Linda   1959

Hull built by Russel Employee and shipped by Rail to Orient Bay where the cabin was built. Because he used the Russel design it had to be classified as a Russel build. (Orient Bay, ON May 5, 2002)
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Vigilant I   1944

Ex Glenlivet II - (Port Dover, ON April 4, 2004)
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Waub Nav I   1941

Ex Alona, for sale (Soo, ON April 2, 2004)
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W. B. Marguerite   1946

Rebuilt and used to recover sunken logs from the old River Drives. (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)
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W. B. Stella   1956

(Burnt Island, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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W. B. Yvette   1948

(Burnt Island, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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W.D. McCosh   1955

Reported sold 2005 (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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W.D. McCosh   1955

Reported sold 2005 (Soo, ON July 3, 2004)
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Welland   1954

(Port Stanley, ON April 4, 2004)
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Wendy B.   before 1945

Sold 2005 to Washington, USA (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Whitney III   1945

For sale (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Whitney III   1945

For sale (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
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Wisp   ????

Ex Winch Tug from Pic River, ON area. Rebuilt by Purvis Marine, no other info. (Soo, ON July 25, 2002)
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Wm. Lyon MacKenzie   1964

Fire Tug (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)
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Wonda Goldie   1950

Fish Tug (Meaford, ON April 3, 2004)
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X II   1936

Ex Rae II, built Fort Frances, ON by Russel Brothers, for sale ( Iroquois Falls, ON April 8, 2004)
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Portholes   1946

Salvaged from the T. Gibbens
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Unidentified Russels
Unknown 1   ????

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(Rossport, ON Oct 21, 2005)
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Unknown 2   ????

RBF notes: Avery Pit (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Unknown 2   ????

RBF notes: Avery Pit (Soo, ON Aug 21, 2004)
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Unknown 3   ????

RBF notes: Russel Winch Tug, beside Tomiko, bow buried by Mill employees.
(On beach in front of McKenzie Forest Products mill in Hudson, ON May 19, 2004)
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Unknown 4   ????

RBF notes: - 37' Rebuilt Russel Tug (Little Current, ON Aug 26, 2005)
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Unknown 5   ????

Owned by JACQUES COTE of Ste. Petronville, who also owns the Van Bruyssels.
Winter 2003, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Gaëtan Bourque.
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Unknown 6   ????

RBF notes: Sorel, QC, July 3, 2006.
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Unknown 7   ????

RBF notes: Sorel, QC, July 3, 2006.
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Unknown 8   ????

RBF notes: Beardmore, ON, April 24, 2006.
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Unknown 9   ????

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Robert B. Farrow aboard his Brompton Caribou, May 15th, 2006.

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JUST DROP IT OVER THERE! Brompton Caribou, Sept. 1, 2005.
RBF notes: No damage at all. An old-timer once told me that he ran aground with one at full speed.
All they did was drag the anchor out past the reef and winched her over the reef and kept going!

Here's Rob's Brompton Caribou Winch Boat and Model (the bear isn't his).
Delivery at the Thunder bay Yacht Club
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Sept. 26, 2005
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Caribou with Bear, fall 2005.
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Painting, May 26, 2006.
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Rob's model of his boat
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