M.R. Cliff

by Robert Stitt 2016

I’m actually an airplane guy but became curious when I found these images while helping close down a book store in Duncan in April 2016. I subsequently tracked down former owner Jack Bruce via an inscription on the back of one of the photos and Jack eventually came to our house where he was reunited with the photos and the book in which they were stored in a manila envelope.

Annacis

Annacis (Photo from the Jack Bruce collection. )

According to Jack Bruce she remains at the bottom of Cowichan Bay having sunk at the dock in adjoining Genoa Bay.

In 1910 she was built at New Westminster BC by Joseph William Pike. She was named for Murray Robertson Cliff.

She was originally powered by a 16hp steam engine. She was later repowered by a 951hp engine (1944); a 350bhp engine (1951); and by a 457hp engine.

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M.R. Cliff (Photo from the Jack Bruce collection. )

In 1910–1921 she was owned by Joseph William Pike, New Westminster BC. In 1921 she was owned by William Wilson and Allan D. Clampitt, Vancouver BC. In 1926–1944 she was owned by the Annacis Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1946–1956 she was owned by M.R. Cliff & B.C. Mills Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1957–1972 she was owned by M.R. Cliff Tugboat Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1973 she was owned by Michael W. Kent, Duncan BC. In 1976 she was owned by Paul A. Reeves (MO), North Vancouver BC. In 1977–1979 she was owned by Transpac Charters Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1980–2007 she was owned by John R. (Jack) Bruce, Tofino BC.

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M.R. Cliff (Photo from the Jack Bruce collection. )

In 1951 she was rebuilt to 63.4’ x 17.5’ x 6.9’ (20.1m x 5.3m x 2.1m) In the Spring of 1995 she sank at the floats in Genoa Bay BC.

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M.R. Cliff (Photo from the Jack Bruce collection. )

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M.R. Cliff (Photo from the Jack Bruce collection. )

Here are some images from the John MacFarlane collection.

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M.R. Cliff alongside (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

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Detail of hatch cover. (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

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Detail of houseworks (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

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Funnel livery (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

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M.R. Cliff alongside (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

Editor’s Note: Robert Stitt is an aviation historian and author based in Cowichan Bay,BC.



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Stitt, Robert (2016) M.R. Cliff. Nauticapedia.ca 2016. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Cliff.php

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