Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Particulars of Canadian War Vessels Building & Projected by, Naval Service Headquarters (D. N. C. Dept.) 1943 - 1945: Glenevis [C.N.890] built by Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario. Canadian List of Ships 1994: Steel tug Glenevis [C.371772] registered at Hamilton. Built at Owen Sound in 1944. She measures 75’; 90 g.t.: 19 n.t. After sinking at Pugwash, NS, January 1, 1991, she was completely rebuilt. Owned by McKeil Work Boats Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Mckeil Work Boats Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario. Sent to Nassau, Bahamas 2007.
From the book UNDER TOW: A HISTORY OF TUGS AND TOWING
by Donal M. Baird, page 97.
Glenlivet II (left) and Glenevis, Halifax, May 1977. Photo by Mac Mackay.
GLENEVIS in Pugwash, N.S., June 5, 1978.
Photo by Rene Beauchamp.
Comments (April 2018)...Donnie Smith: "That was about the same place it was when she went down, only facing the other way". Tim McKiel: "This pic must be during the run up to Hamilton when the tugs were first purchased by McKeil. Gerry Lambert cut away piping like mad making a pile on the deck plates with no thought for what might be done, at least that is how Doug viewed it, and I recall chipping the paint away a few inches above the main deck, all around the raised engine room coaming, inside and out, where we were going to cut it away. Blair, myself and Don MacRae."
GLENEVIS in the Montreal area, Aug., 1985.
Photo by Rene Beauchamp.
Glenevis Oct. 25, 1986 still in RCN configuration. It was later modified with a new wheelhouse and captain's cabin. McKeil Workboats acquired three navy Glens: Glenbrook, Glenevis and Glenside in 1979, keeping the original names, but modifying the tugs over time with new wheelhouses and propulsion modifications. GLENEVIS. WINTER 2002 LAY UP TORONTO HARBOUR.
GLENEVIS in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Côte Ste. Catherine area, near Montreal, on Sept. 2, 1987.
She was towing a US laker at that time on her way to a shipbreaking yard overseas.
McKeil Work Boats. Photo by Rene Beauchamp.
Glenevis sunk at Pugwash, NS, January 1, 1991, then was completely rebuilt.
Garth McKeil comments (Feb. 13, 2018): "Pugwash was dad's home town. If I recall correctly (without mentioning any names), he had arranged with one of his oldest friends (a local) to keep an eye on the boat while it wintered there. The story I got was that he removed a pump to work on it assuming the seacocks were closed. They weren't, only had a frozen line. The line thawed enough for the water to flow and it sank."|
Tim McKeil comments "Re how the Glenevis sunk, story I recall was that Billie Moore had called from the airport saying that they had forgotten to lay up the sanitary pump seawater line. That information did not get to where it would do any good. The line froze, split, sunk the boat.
Glenevis was floated Jan. 9 by divers getting lifting straps around it, lifting it as far as was practical with a crane large enough for the job. Funny, I can't recall if we used one or two. Once up as far as practical, the divers (maybe me too, don't recall) jumped onto the boat and got suction hoses inside and started pumping, in time the boat floats, the leak is plugged, heat is brought to bear and the clean up and machinery repairs began.
Got the furnace going early on. Don't recall the use of a salamander, but I suspect that would been the initial heat source.
We used a generator on a dredge tied up ahead of the tug for electrical power for most of the job. I remember heating the oil filter with a propane torch in the morning before starting the unit. Then, we'd hold the engine speed down for about 5 minutes because the oil pressure would drop if the speed were allowed to increase. Straight 30 oil.
I had brought down 40 weight oil in Evan's Lariat pickup truck.
That oil was like grease. Never made that mistake again."
Glenevis with her new wheelhouse, Aug. 24, 1993 working in the Eisenhower Lock of the St.Lawrence Seaway, with the barge Black Carrier and the dredge Mercedes III. After sinking at Pugwash, NS, January 1, 1991, she was completely rebuilt.
source unknown, dated 01/12/2002.
Gordon C. Leitch being pulled from the Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON by Alex Howard 9/19/04
(Sequence of photos showing the lakeboat being pulled from the dry dock by tug Glenevis assisted by tugs Progress and Vigilant I.)ATOMIC AND GLENEVIS. WINTER 2006 LAY UP TORONTO HARBOUR, CHERRY STREET.
boatnerd source: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/newsthumbs_045.htm
Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON by Alex Howard 9/27/04
(Photo sequence of the dry-docking of the Jean Parisien by tugs Glenevis, Progress, and Vigilant 1.)
boatnerd source: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/newsthumbs_054.htm
McKeil tugs Progress and Glenevis arrive to assist the Canadian Ranger from the dry dock. Canadian Ranger
leaving Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON by Alex Howard 10/06/04.
boatnerd source: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/newsthumbs_062.htm
Christmas Day 2005 in the Welland Canal. Photo by Al Howard.
boatnerd source: http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/newsthumbs_189.htm
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Glenevis at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON in April, 2006.
Photo by Bill Bird, boatnerd.com.
From McKiel.com April 2007. More McKeil Russels: Atomic and Progress (ex P.J. Murer).
Departing the lakes by way of the New York State Barge Canal. McKeil sold two of its tugs (Glenevis and Paul E. No. 1) off-lakes. They went to Oswego and down the barge canal, rumoured to be headed for Caribbean owners. Their registers closed June 26, 2007.
source unknown, via boatnerd.com. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.
Tim McKeil comments (Feb. 13, 2018): "I believe Joe Chabot took the Glenevis down through the Erie Barge Canal to the buyer in New York. Staten Island or something. From there, could have gone anywhere south."
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