The Annie Tuck

by John MacFarlane (2015)

Annie Tuck

The Annie Tuck exiting the mouth of the Nitinat River. (Photo from the MacFarlane collection.)

In 1919 the Annie Tuck was built by John Tuck at Vancouver BC. (O.N. 141545). 65’ x 55’ x 15.6’ / 16.7m x 4.6m x 2.5m Wood hull In 1930 she was re–powered with a Western Enterprise Engine Co. diesel engine. In 1940 she was repowered with a Caterpillar diesel engine. In 1964 she was repowered with a Volvo Penta TMO 96B1 80hp engine. 100bhp dieel (2004c).

The interior was rosewood on yellow cedar frames. The exterior was painted fir plywood. Originally she was cconstructed as a two–masted schooner with an elliptical stern, carvel planking, five bulkheads. She is oak-ribbed and sheathed in gumwood and the bow is iron plated.


Brown Cove (aka Babcock’s Cove) in the Nitinat River, Vancouver Island BC. (Image from the Robert Harvey collection. )

The late Robert Harvey, QC wrote: "From my early time (summer 1941 at age 14) in a two–man tug with rope–towline towing a brail of piling from French Creek to Dominion Creosote in North Vancouver, I remember Joe Babcock’s long halibut boat the Annie Tuck passing us in the First Narrows. I heard later he always wore a black bowler hat and smoked a cigar. He had no trouble using Nitinat Narrows to reach his Brown Cove inside at the foot of the Lake. He reputedly, when his engine was inoperable, would sail the boat in over the bar with a full load of halibut."

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MacFarlane, John M. (2015) The Annie Tuck. 2015.

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