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Front Street, Fort Frances, Ontario.
The Russel shop before the 1937 move to Owen Sound.
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c. 1938 - 1940
Hulls in the Boat Shop. From the Fort Frances Museum.
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1943
The Russel site viewed from adjacent bluffs.
Glen class 80' tug in slip.
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1943
The dock with the marine railway at the far end.
Two CT 60' tugs at right.
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1943
An interior view of the machine shop. An automatic gear cutter is shown in the foreground. Jan. 29th, (likely 1943).
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1943
A corner of the Cummins service section, testing fuel pumps, generators and accessories.
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1943
A Russel gasoline and a Cummins diesel being tested. The Clayton Dynamometer gives instant speed and HP ratings.
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1943
One of the may parts stores housing over 15,000 different parts.
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Hulls in boatshop.
Note upturned winch boat hull on right.
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Hulls in boatshop, c. 1943.
Note CT-50 on left, and Stelco stamp on smokestack of Ville class tug in foreground.
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Hulls in boatshop.
Ville construction and Navy Inspectors c. 1943. Note pre-curved hull section on floor ready to be welded in place.
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Wartime production.
Several boats in the factory slip, Tanac V 208 at left. Note Retouching on building roof.
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Mast installation outside boatshop.
Finishing a WWII era Glen class tug.
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Steelcraft Hull Fabrication
Showing how the steel skin was fitted to the ribs and keel.
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Steelcraft Sailboats
Russel Bros. made a small all-aluminum sail boat (racing yawl) in 1963, for an American buyer. There was also a much larger aqluminum sailboat, name unknown.
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1967
Aerial shot from 1967. Original photo in Owen Sound's
Grey Roots Museum archive, approx. 16 x 20".
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Late 1970's.
Aerial shot from late 1970's.
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For more Russel exhibits visit Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum 1165 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8
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