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Wm Lyon Mackenzie

Steel fire tug [C.318774] named after the “Firebrand” leader of the 1837 Rebellion, and first Mayor of Toronto. She was built at a cost of $600,000.00 in 1963 - 64 by Russel Brothers at Owen Sound. Hull 1216. She is 81' long, 102 g.t.; and is capable of breaking through 18” of Ice. She has a crew of 22, 10 sailors and 12 firemen who work on four shifts. See clipping file for pics and Toronto/Ships Present folder for vessel file. See also Toronto/Shipwrecks folder for Orient Trader file, and Graeme Stewart clipping file for pic of Orient Trader. See also Arctic clipping file Ship Shore Digest, Vol. 17, No. 9, September 1978 for story and pic by Skip Gillam.


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Gerry George has supplied a massive archive of photos of the Mac during her 2004 refurbishment, which he used to build an incredibly detailed model. View this archive here.

 

Launching ceremonies at Russel Brothers shipyard in Owen Sound, Nov. 7th, 1963, for Toronto's new fireboat Wm Lyon Mackenzie. At the podium is mayor Don Summerville, who would die of a massive heart attack less than two weeks later. - from The Sunday Sun, July 18th, 2004.

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Full page clipping from the Toronto Daily Star Sat. July 31st, 1965, supplied by Neil McKinnon, grandson of Russel employee Cliff McKinnon, who worked on the fireboat. Annotation at top reads "This boat built at Russel Bros., Cliff McKinnon worked for several weeks in Toronto after the launch".

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The recently refurbished fireboat Wm Lyon Mackenzie, now 40 years old, is still amazingly active.
- from The Sunday Sun, July 18th, 2004.

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Fire Tug (Toronto, ON July 29, 2002)

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City of Toronto Brochure

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May 19th, 2002, Toronto. Joe Fossey Collection.

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June 26, 2006. Photo by Capt. Michael Haswell

 

06/26/06. Buffalo Fire Dept. Boat (Edward M. Cotter) in background.
Photo by Capt. Michael Haswell

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Owen Sound Sun Times, Sept. 4th, 1965

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OSMRM Collection, source unknown

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Seaports and the Transport World, Dec. 1965, page 18
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WM LYON MACKENZIE Harbourfront and The Docks, Canada Day 2005
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Winter 2004-2005
CRANE OVERHAUL
Dilts Piston Hydraulics Inc.,

this past winter (2004), successfully overhauled the Amador crane on the Toronto Fire Services fireboat, the William Lyon MacKenzie. We removed the crane, had it delivered to our plant and conducted all repairs at our site.

The overhaul involved electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic engineering changes. Rob Anselmi of the Toronto Fire Services is extremely pleased with the outcome of this project and we at Dilts Piston Hydraulics Inc. are very proud of our accomplishment.

DELIVERY AND RE-INSTALLATION
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