The R.F.M.

by Drew Clarke and John MacFarlane 2017


The RFM (Photo from the Drew Clarke collection.)

The R.F.M. was built in 1922 at Beach Avenue Shipyard (Arthur Moscrop) Vancouver BC as the T.G.H., later R.F.M., later Francis Lynn II, later Brora Thor, later Merrie Ellen. She is 23.1m x 6m x 3m (75.9’ x 19.8’ x 12.4’) wooden hull 96.47gt 64.04rt. She was powered with a 33hp 3–cylinder triple expansion surface condensing steam engine by W. Beardmore & Company, Coatbridge UK. Over the years she was repowered with 300hp engine (1945); 300bhp Imperial engine (1968); 90bhp CAT diesel engine (1988c).


The R.F.M. (Photo from the Drew Clarke collection.)

In 1922–1958 she was owned by Marpole Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1960–1961 she was owned by Evans Coleman & Evans, Vancouver BC. In 1962 she was owned by Bert Booth, Port Coquitlam BC. In 1965–1968 she was owned by George W. O’Brien, New Westminster BC. In 1968 she was owned by Ante Bakica, Vancouver BC. In 1969 she was owned by Lady Valentine Charters, Vancouver BC. In 1976–1979 she was owned by Wayne M. Pinkeston (MO), Vancouver BC. In 1982–1999 she was owned by Brian W. Holshoe, New Westminster BC and registered at Vancouver BC. In 2000 she was owned by Ralph I. Higgins, Cowichan Bay BC. In 2005 she was owned by Curtis Forsyth, Lac La Hache BC. In 2007–2017 she was owned by John & Jill Holbert, Brinnin WA USA.


The R.F.M. (Photo from the Drew Clarke collection.)

This vessel spent the first part of her life as a tugboat, named for Richard Friedrich Marpole. In 1988 she was rebuilt as a schooner by Brian Holshoe.

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