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Mel Thomson / Mado Ray

Mel Thomson - Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Mel Thomson [C.197587] registered at Sorel; built at Owen Sound, Ontario in 1954. 38' x 12' 1 x 3' 3; 12 g.t.; 9 n.t.; 275 hp. Owned by Beaucage Mines Ltd., North Bay, Ontario. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Mel Thomson [C.197587] registered at Sorel. Built at Owen Sound, ON in 1954. 38’; 12 g.t. Renamed Mado Ray. Ex- Mel Thomson. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Navigation Arcade Ltee, Pierreville, Québec. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, Ont. Owned by Navigation Arcade Ltee, Pierreville, Québec. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Navigation Arcade Ltee, Pierreville, Québec.


This small tugboat was built in 1954 by Russel Brothers of Owen Sound, ON as the Mel Thomson for Beaucage Mines. She was later sold to Navigation Arcade Ltd. and renamed Mado-Ray. Eventually, Ocean Group of Quebec, QC acquired the tug. Type: Single Screw Tugboat Year Built: 1954 Builder: Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, ON Horsepower: 275 bhp Length: 38' 00? Breadth: 12' 01? Depth: 3' 03? Port of Registry: Sorel, QC.

Canada Day 2006, St. Lawrence River, Montreal. Photo by Yves Cloutier.

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Mado-Ray (ex Mel Thomson). Now owned by Ocean Groupe of Québec City,
taken July 27, 2007 at Riviere-du-Loup, QC. Photo by Mac Mackay.

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Mado-Ray (ex Mel Thomson). Now owned by Ocean Groupe of Québec City,
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Photos by Martin Palardy

 

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