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Fralue / Nancy A. Lee

Steel diesel fishing tug [43E3114] built by Russel Brothers, Owen Sound. Never registered but numbered and named Fralue 1939 – 1974; acquired by Lee Marine and renamed b) Nancy A. Lee 1974 –present. Dimensions 40' x 11' x 4'; 8.9 gt; 7 n.t. Operates for Lee Marine, of Port Lambton for the, occasional piloting (putting local captains on and off), some light towing and a bit of excursion cruising. George Lee, co-owner. Photo taken at Leeland Gardens. See clipping file for pics and data sheet courtesy of Capt. George Lee. Shaun Vary Notes: Built at Owen Sound in 1939; launched at Nanticoke in the spring of 1940 Built for George Hedges. Converted to a Tow Tug. George Lee Notes: Licensed July 18, 1941.

George Lee Notes: We bought her from Barry May Fisheries in 1974 while she was in Wheatley. Francis / Luella, She was my teacher in public school for awhile. George and Luella made the drive to Port Lambton around 1984 just to see the boat. I took them for a ride....made his day...and mine.

From Great Lakes Fisherman, Aug., 1987. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

 

Shaun Vary notes: This is a Bill Moran photo of Nancy A. Lee, taken April 15, 1995 at Port Lambton, On. It is the best image of her in my collection.

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SV notes: This is a George Lee photo of his Nancy A. Lee model, which I built for him several years ago. It is of bristol board construction. The photo was actually taken aboard the real tug!

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Nancy Lee, underway St. Clair River.
Photo by George Lee, boatnerd.com.

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April 9, 2016. George Lee painting the tug named for his mother. Photo courtesy George Lee. George comments: "We bought her from Barry May Fisheries in 1974 while she was in Wheatley.
Photo by George Lee, boatnerd.com.

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