The Tug Hartville

by Leigh Cossey 2018

Hartville

The Hartville on the Beach (Photo from the Leigh Cossey collection.)

The Nauticapedia states that "The Hartville was built in 1944 by Russel Bros. Ltd. at Owen Sound ON. In 1946 she was renamed as Portovan; then as Straits (1948); then as Davis Straits (1950); then Navvy Jack (1958). She was 11.28m x 3.26m x 1.13m (37.0' x 10.7' x 3.7') with a steel hull 12.23gt 8.32rt. She was employed as a Harbour Tug at Cornwallis NS. At the end of her career she was employed on Kinbasket Lake (near Golden BC). ".

In 1944 she was a Ville–class tug for the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1946–1953 she was owned by Straits Towing & Salvage Co. Ltd., Victoria BC. In 1953–1958 she was owned by Straits Towing Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1958–1960 she was owned by Deeks–McBride Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1960–1967 she was owned by Simpson Brothers Logging Ltd., Stave Falls BC. In 1977 she was sold to Edward Carter, Britannia Beach, BC. In 1978–2007 she was owned by Robert B. Kerr, Squamish, BC.

This summer I located the Hartville at Kinbasket Lake near Golden BC and went to see her and take pictures. She has been laying abandoned for 11 years now. According to Russ Simpson, a son of one of the Simpson Brothers, while she was owned by Deeks–McBride she was overrun by the barge she was towing through the 2nd Narrows in Burrard Inlet, Vancouver and and was sunk with loss of life. When raised no one would work on her and Johnson Bros. bought her. I am still looking for newspaper articles for confirmation of this story.

Hartville

The Hartville on the Beach (Photo from the Leigh Cossey collection.)

Hartville

The Hartville on the Beach (Photo from the Leigh Cossey collection.)

Hartville

At some time she had been re–powered with a Caterpillar engine. This engine threw a rod while on a trip on Stave Lake and was she was re–powered with a Volvo Penta which being an aluminum block was much lighter and boom chain was added for ballast. (Photo from the Leigh Cossey collection.)



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Cossey, Leigh (2018) The Tug Hartville. Nauticapedia.ca 2018. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Hartville.php

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