Melba Croft Notes from Particulars of Canadian War Vessels Building & projected: Glenlea [C.N. 453] launched 20/7/1943. Canadian Transportation, July 1947, page 418: W.A.C. Ships Sales in April: 1 tug Glenlea Foundation Maritime Ltd., Halifax, V.S. Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Bansaga [C.177437] registered at Halifax; built at Owen Sound in 1943. 73 x 20 x 7 6; 97 g.t.; 28 n.t.; 600 hp. Owned by Foundation Maritime Ltd., Halifax. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Bansaga [C.177437] registered at Halifax; built at Owen Sound in 1943. 73; 97 g.t. Renamed b] George N. Carleton. Morans Shoreside Companion 1996: Tug George N. Carleton [C.177437] built by Russel Brothers Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario for the Government of Canada as Bansaga 1943 1947; sold to Foundation Maritime Ltd. 1947 1964. Reconstructed repowered and given present name b] George N. Carleton 1964 present. Owned by Gravel & Lake Services Ltd., Thunder Bay Ontario. Stationed at Thunder Bay. Jaap Bilj Notes: Launched as Glenlea for the Royal Canadian Navy.
This classic tugboat was built in 1943 by Russel Brothers of Owen Sound, ON as the HMCS Glenlea for the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1947 she was sold civilian to Foundation Maritime and renamed Bansaga. In 1964 she was acquired by Gravel and Lake Services (now Lakehead Tugboats) Inc. of Thunder Bay, ON, where she was repowered and renamed George N. Carleton. Gravel and Lake Services was owned by the three Styffe brothers, Roy Bert and John. She is busy in the ship assist trade in Thunder Bay.
Type: Single Screw Tugboat
Year Built: 1943
Builder: Russel Bros., Owen Sound, ON
Engines: 1 EMD 12-567C
Horsepower: 1,250 bhp
Length: 82' 00?
Breadth: 21' 00?
Depth: 11' 00?
Port of Registry: Thunder Bay, ON
June 19, 2002. Thunder Bay Ont. Photo by Mac Mackay.
Mac Mackay comments: "Of the early sales to civilian owners were Gleneagle (built in Kingston) and Glenlea. Both went to Maritime Towing and Salvage (Foundation Martime) and were renamed Bansturdy and Bansaga respectively. They were used for harbour work in Halifax in the winter, and in summer they worked the Saguenay River and Baie Comeau area until new tugs arrived in the early sixties. According to Foundation Maritime literature, Bansaga was re-powered to 600 bhp. Both were then acquired by Gravel and Lake Service of Thunder Bay, ON, where they still soldier on as Robert John and George N. Carleton. George N. Carleton was again repowered to 1250 bhp, but retains an original appearance, except for a modified funnel. As built all Glens were fitted with an after mast and derrick for handling a lifeboat. When liferafts were permitted instead, most had the derrick removed." http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2013/05/first-generation-glen-class-tugs-of-rcn.html
Rob Farrow notes: Published on 10 Apr 2015.
Short video of the 1943 built Russel Brothers Tugboat George N. Carleton breaking ice. With temps finally rising and the expected arrival of the first boat into Port this season, the Tug was out breaking up the ice in the Viterra c elevator slip. Please forgive the wind noise, I'm using a new camera and still figuring it out, thanks!
Matthew Carlson notes: "May 25, 2016. The other guys in town have 2 Glen class boats from WW2. 1 is a Russel (this one, George N. Carleton, Ex-Glenlea) and one built by Canadian Dredge & Dock Company named Robert John (ex Gleneagle)."
Matthew Carlson notes: "December 16, 2016. The George N. Carleton assisting a salty out of the Richardsons grain elevator in Thunder Bay. I was helping the linesmen that day so I had a pretty good shot of her. There's 3 Glen class tugs working in Thunder Bay, 2 are Russels. We operate the Glenada, they operate the George N. Carleton and they also have another Glen class that was built by a different company, I believe it was Canadian Dredge & Drydock company that is named the Robert John."
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