Russel Brothers Limited   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO   Steelcraft Boat Builders
 
The Robert Plakholm Collection
A collection of original Russel Bros. factory photos, including boats, mining
equipment other products, salvaged at the time the plant closed.

 
Atomic   1948
GAO notes: this is a retouched photo used by McQueen Marine in their advertising.
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Atomic racing   1948

Atomic won the International Tug Race between Canada and the USA several years in a row. Atomic in the lead at right.

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Clark B. Davis   1951

in use MacDairmid, ON (Orient Bay, ON May 5, 2002)

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Cottus   1952

Dept. of Fisheries research vessel.

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Cross Lake II   1956

Steel cargo vessel 49; 45 g.t.

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Dorlin II   1952

Later renamed the Dorelin II. Fishing tug.

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Federal Beaver   1962

Later renamed Manicouagen.

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Flo Cooper   1962

Later renamed Sandra Mary

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Flo Cooper   1962

Later renamed Sandra Mary

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Goki   1940

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Gull Lake   1962

Ivan Brookes Scrapbook, Unsourced Clipping, Oct. 18, 1962: 65 Foot Tug Launched By Russel Bros.

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Gunnar 152   1956

Steel scow [No Power] Gunnar 152 [C.188712] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1956: 150'; 324 g.t.

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Hollis 4   1962

Steel workboat Hollis IV [C.310485] registered at Chatham. Built at Owen Sound in 1962. 49'; 24 g.t.

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Indian Lake   1962

Steel tug Indian Lake [C.318353] launched in October 1962 for use in Corner Brook, Nfld. Registered at St. John's. 62'; 61 gross tons.

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Indian Lake   1962

Steel tug Indian Lake [C.318353] launched in October 1962 for use in Corner Brook, Nfld. Registered at St. John's. 62'; 61 gross tons.

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J. A. Begley   1947

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Lacalong   1939

Photo from company brochure.

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Long Sault   1949

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M 793   ????

RCAF tenders for seaplanes.

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M 807   ????

RCAF tenders for seaplanes.

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Martin E. Johnson   1959

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Merry Song   1963

42 foot all aluminum racing yawl.

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Montmagny   1962

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Mossey   1949

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Nors   ????

Design 507 - 50' x 14' - 264 h.p. Operating in Arctic waters, the Nors is a twin screw welded-steel landing craft.

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P. J. Murer   1948

80'3 x 20' x 9'7; 123 g.t.; 61 n.t.; 800 hp.

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P. J. Murer   1948

80'3 x 20' x 9'7; 123 g.t.; 61 n.t.; 800 hp.

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Quinte   1939

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Ranger V   ????

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Romeo and Juliette   1953

Hull 1000. 78'5 x 41' x 6'8; 234 g.t.; 191 n.t.; 250 hp.

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Sandy   1965

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Tanac V 209   1943

These vessels were used in naval operations overseas and are also equipped with auxiliary fire-fighting apparatus.

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Translake III   1958

During delivery, this rig capsized off Cape Croker, ON, taking the life of Peter Horn, who refused to leave the rig in heavy seas and join his mates on the tender boat Carol Lynn (named for Norval Hipwell's two daughters).

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Ville Marie   1960

later Heavenbound, and Still Watch.

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Welland   1954

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Wm Lyon MacKenzie   1964

Fire Tug

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Workboy   1939

Photo from company brochure.

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Unidentified Boats
All photos were in the same factory archive rescued at the time of plant closure.
Unknown 1

Has maple leaf on cabin side. RCAF? 114 on bow.

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Unknown 2

British Naval vessel.

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Unknown 3

Ville class tug.

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Unknown 4

Small tug.

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Miscellaneous Photos
Steelcraft Marine Winch 1

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Steelcraft Marine Winch 2

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Mast Installation

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Steering Gear

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Steelcraft Tug Fabrication

Showing how the steel skin was fitted to the ribs and keel.

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Signs & Lightposts

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Mining Equipment
This mine forklift mover was designed by Robert Plakholm in the late 70's for Russel Brothers, after the boat building era had come to a close.

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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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