Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Piles (the) [C.177898] registered at Montreal; built at Owen Sound in 1947. 35'1 x 10'l x 4'3; 11 g.t.; 7 n.t.; 138 hp. Owned by The Minister of Public Works, Ottawa. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Piles (the) [C.177898] registered at Montreal. Built at Owen Sound in 1947. 35'; 11 g.t. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Compagnie De Flottage Du St. Maurice Ltee. Trois Rivieres, Québec. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Compagnie De Flottage Du St. Maurice Ltee. Trois Rivieres, Québec.
YC notes: The Piles in 1991, Full steam ahead! Get of the way, ain't afraid of no logs!
The Piles in 1998
The Piles in 2003
The Piles side view
Yves Cloutier notes: "The Piles (Les Piles) freshly painted in 2005. Taken at Grande Piles Québec on July 27 2005. The boat formerly owned By the STMRD is still at the marina along with the Nikauba. Note the scratch on the side.... this was certainly made when the boat pulled itself into the water using the winch. To do this, the boat sits on a "slip" or sleep (2 pieces of boom on each side, most of the time covered with steel plate) the wire is passed under the boat in the middle of the slip, tied to a chain achored deep in the water. Working the winch will pull the boat into the water... depending of the angle of the slip you will get there slowly or give a good show! When I was working at Beaumont, it was possible to pull the boat out of the water, check the rudder or the propeller and go back in the water in about 30 minutes. One guy in the boat, the other handling the steel wire. Pretty useful when you are at least 150 km away from a crane that can lift the boat."
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