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R. C. L. Tug 11

Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel diesel tug R. C. L. Tug 11 [C.189893] built in 1958 at Owen Sound by Russel-Hipwell Steel Boats Co., Ltd.. Owned by Canada Dredge and Dock Co. Ltd. See clipping file for pics. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Canadian Dredge & Dock Inc., Toronto. GAO Notes: Bought by McNally in 1998. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co. Owen Sound, Ont. Owned by McNally Construction Inc., Hamilton, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, Ont. Owned by McNally Construction Inc., Hamilton, Ontario. 600HP.

This small tugboat was built in 1958 by Russel Brothers as the R.C.L. Tug 11 for Russell Construction Limited. In 1961 she was acquired by Balfour, Beatty & Co. The following year she was sold to the Canadian Dredge & Dock Company. In 1998 she was acquired by McNally International of Hamilton, ON, where she again retained her original name. R.C.L. Tug 11 is active in the dredging and construction trades for McNally. Type: Single Screw Tugboat Year Built: 1958 Builder: Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, ON Horsepower: 600 bhp Length: 42' 11? Breadth: 14' 02? Depth: 5' 10? Port of Registry: Toronto, ON.


Although not confirmed, there is a good chance this photo shows both RCL 11 (foreground) and RCL 12 (middle) at the Canadian Dredge & Dock Inc. wharf in Kingston, in 1959 or 1960. Photo courtesy Rene Beauchamp.

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Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Great Lakes Vessels Online Index
Photo source Item 005548


Welland Canal. D. Kohl photo. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.


RCL 11 Sept. 2, 1995 in Toronto. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Toronto Island, McNally Olympic Barge w/ Manitowoc Crane.
R.C.L. 11 Tug in foreground, Sept. 2003.

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Tug RCL II and workboat in Oshawa, Sept. 2005. Photos by Jim Gallacher.
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Mike Coutts notes: R.C.L. TUG 11 in 2006.

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Photos by Paul Cook.


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