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Registry #1 150779 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1922 Master Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1922 Place Vancouver Area BC Country Canada
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 70.5' x 19.75' x 12.65'
Builder Beach Avenue Shipyard (Arthur Moscrop) Measurement (metric) 21.49m x 6.04m x 2.83m
Hull Wood Displacement
Gross Tonnage 91.43 Type 1 Tug
Registered Tonnage 51 Type 2
Engine 33hp 3-cylinder Triple expansion surface condensing Steam engine (1922); Engine Manufacture W. Beardmore & Company Ltd., Coatbridge UK
Repower Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds In c1940 she was rebuilt with a new boiler. Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters Captain Herman Thorsen (1922-1927)
In 1922-1927 she was owned by Herman Thorsen, Vancouver BC. In 1927-1939 she was owned by Master Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC (T.A. Lamb, manager). In 1940-1958 she was owned by Marpole Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1959-1962 she was owned by Evans, Coleman & Evans Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1962-1971 she was owned by World Ship Society of Western Canada, Vancouver BC. In 1972-2004 she was owned by the Society For The Preservation of the Steam Towboat Master, North Vancouver BC. In 2011-2018 she was owned by the S.S. Master Society, Vancouver BC.
Fate Afloat in 2018 Date
Named Features
Significance of Name
Her boilers built by Vulcan Iron Works Ltd., Vancouver BC. Built of BC fir throughout. Fuelled by a 9,000 gallon bunker oil tank, and powered by a scotch boiler and 350ihp engine. Comment: Last steam tug in British Columbia waters, now operating as a preserved museum vessel. The vessel has been maintained close to its original configuration and is a living memorial to the towboats and their crews who contributed so much to the maritime heritage of the west coast. She steamed more than one million miles during her working years.
Canada List of Shipping; References: Morris, Rob and Leonard McCann. (1997) Greater Vancouver Hall of Fame. In The Greater Vancouver Book: an urban encyclopedia. Ed. Chuck Davis. Vancouver BC: Linkman Press
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