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Brigus Gail

Converted 35' warping tug. Rick Stout comments (June 2017): She was one of the first boats into the new Owen Sound Marina, even before the Clog and Thistle restaurant was built which was prior to Bill and Mary's Bowler's ownership. The property was originally sold to Vandastadt & McGruer in 1979 and the first docks were put in about 1980. I think the restaurant was actually built in about 1982 so it was about 80-81 when the Brigus first arrived and she was already named Brigus before she got here. As I said, Don and Gail bought her before that and kept her in Ottawa first before bringing her to Owen Sound. They moved to the Kitchener area I think and ran the boat from Ottawa to Owen Sound so it was closer to home. I'm thinking they bought it in around 1976. They came up every single weekend and loved the boat. Possibly someone in the Ottawa area knew her before Don and Gail bought her but I think they may have put the cabins on her. She looked just like she does now when she arrived in Owen Sound only blue instead of red.

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CLICK TO ENLARGE TO 2448 PIXELS WIDE. Photos courtesy Chris Kollar, June 2017.
Rick Stout comments (June 2017): It's going to be hard for them to part with this boat. Don and Gail (Finlandson?) had this boat for years at the Owen Sound Marina until Gail took sick, great people with their little dog Leroy. While at White Cloud Island one time Warren Lougheed told Don it was a Russel Brothers boat. Don said he didn't think so because he had bought the Brigus in Ottawa. Warren asked to look at the wheel and on the back was stamped "Russel Hipwell Owen Sound" Don was amazed the Brigus had found her way home. Warren said he remembered as a kid the cast wheel freezing his hands in the winter on the Wanda Goldie which Warren's father owned. Good to the the ol Brigus looking so good. I knew she went back to Ottawa but little info on her.


The “Brigus Gail” is a refurbished steel Russel Brothers Warping Tug with wood cabin, originally built in 1946. The boat has always been a “Brigus”, but Michael inherited the boat from his aunt Gail and so the current name. His wife Kathleen and son (we didn’t catch his name) and chocolate lab “Riley” gave us the grand tour. He has done an incredible job refurbishing this boat.
source: Blog of Captain Gerry & Linda Etzold July 30, 2009



Kijiji ad posted May 22, 2017, by Chris Kollar of Osgoode: 1946, 35 foot Russell Brothers Tug Boat, powered by a 6 cylinder Allis Chalmbers Diesel. Comes with 2 axle dolly. Hull in excellent condition. Must see. $7,000.00


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