Vessels Built by Harris Built Products Ltd.

compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2017

Sign

The Company signboard in Lantzville BC. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Roberta Eisler recalls "Harris Built Products Ltd. was founded in 1965 in Lantzville, BC by my Dad, Sheldon J. Harris. The plant was located in the Metromart Industrial Village (8 miles north of Nanaimo on Island Highway) at Lantzville BC. He had the company until he retired in 2007. He started out building vessels for logging and fishing, and then expanded to car dollies, portable cement mixers, fireplace inserts, decorative railings and stairways, and anything else that he could dream of that was made out of steel. If someone came to him with an idea, he would fuss around with a pencil and paper until he could make it a reality."

Normac XII

The Normac XII in 1972 with builder/designer Sheldon Harris (on left) and David Dick (on right) (Photo from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Wanderlust

The fishing vessel Wanderlust (with Sheldon Harris on ladder) under renovation. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

wanderlust

The fishing vessel Wanderlust from the stern while under renovation. The company undertook repair work as well as original construction. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Plant

The fabrication shop is just visible behind the new Recovery II with Sheldon Harris inspecting the finished product. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Boom Boat

The Harris 15’ Model Boom Boat. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Boom Boat

The Harris 15’ Model Boom Boat. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Samum Point

Customer Wally Newman with the newly finished boom boat Samum Point. Newman purchased two of these vessels. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

Boom Boat Spec Sheet

The specification sheet for the boom boat. (No record appears to exist for the number of these boats that were constructed.) (Photo courtesy of Roberta Eisler from the Sheldon J. Harris Collection)

The specifications for the boom boat were:

  • Length 15’, width 5’ 11", draft 23"
  • Depth 20" (steel mesh prop. guard extends 12" below hull)
  • 3/16" steel plate on hull
  • 3/16" x 2 x 2 angle iron framing
  • 3 pusher bars on pointed bow
  • 1 pusher bar on stern
  • 1 – 1/2" x 2 x 2 single guard on each side
  • 3/4" pipe on cap rail
  • Large propeller guard
  • Ball bearing and nylon bushing turn table
  • Rubber mats or galvanized steel mesh
  • Large stabilizer fin under hull
  • Standard fuel tank – 5 gallon capacity
  • Price: as described $1,500 (plus tax)
  • Motor optional: Suggested 45hp Chrysler $707.40 (additional)
9 matches. 1 page. Max 50 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
Dougan III 331019 Tug 1969
Harmac IX (I) 327176 Tug 1969
Little One 326690 Tug 1965
Normac XII 346637 Tug 1972
Recovery II 326694 Work Boat 1966
Samum Point (nk) Tug, boom (nk)
Seymour Boomer 383415 Tug 1973
Tam Tam 327176 Tug 1969
Wanderlust (II) 328122 Fishboat, general 1967

Author’s Note: This is a partial list (work in progress).

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