Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Ernst M. [C.190851] registered at Toronto; built at Owen Sound in 1949. 37' 1 x 10' 5 x 4' 8; 12 g.t.; 8 n.t.; 100 hp, Owned by Long Lac Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. John Sperrino Notes. Ernst M. was Kimberly-Clark company number 241. ERNST M. (O.N. 190851)
This vessel is no longer registered in Canada. For further information contact the nearest vessel registry office.
Date of closing: September 15, 1999.
This small tug was built in 1949 by Russel Brothers Limited of Owen Sound, ON as the Ernst M. for Long Lac Pulp & Paper. In 1999 she was sold to Equity Marine Construction of Spring Lake, MI, where she was renamed Ernest M.
The Ernest M works in the dredging and construction trades around Michiganís west coast.
Year Built: 1949
Builder: Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, ON
Length: 45' 00?
Breadth: 13' 00?
Depth: 6' 00?
Port of Registry: Grand Haven, MI.
Don Loponen comments (Apr. 21, 2017): "They've got a jackpot here. Taken at a log dump on Long Lake south of Longlac. That's my father (Tauno Loponen) at the wheelhouse. I used to like watching it (the Ernst M.) zip around the bay in Longlac." Note the raised bow deck. Photo courtesy Don Loponen.
Grouse and Ernst M., Longlac. Photo by Maurice Spooner. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.
Grouse (right) and Ernst M., Longlac c. 1972. Photo by Brian Westhouse.
Brian Westhouse notes (Dec. 21, 2017): "I took this picture about 1972, I was on a CN passenger train when I went through there about that time."
Grouse (right) and Ernst M., Longlac. Photo courtesy Don Loponen.
Don notes: The Ernst M was used mostly for making up rafts of logs close to Longlac
for the bigger boats (Lacalong and Tugalong) to pull down the lake.
Tyler Fairfield photo, date and place unknown. Source: https://gltugs.wordpress.com/ernest-m/
Photo by Nathan Leindecker, date and place unknown. Source: https://gltugs.wordpress.com/ernest-m/
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