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Janes Fighting Ships 1990 1991: Beamsville [YTL 583] Built by Russel Bros. Launched January 16, 1944. Particulars Of Canadian War Vessels Building & Projected by Naval Service Headquarters (D. N. C. Dept.) 1943 1945: Beamsville [CN801] GAO Notes: Still in Navy service at Esquimalt, B. C. in 2002. Joe Fossey notes: Last registered owner Tom Wilson of Dawson's Landing, Rivers Inlet, BC. Used for log salvage and beachcombing.

Ville Class Tug BEAMSVILLE Z61 / YTS 583. Laid Down: 29 Nov 1943. Delivered to the RCN: 16 Jan 1944. Removed from service: 1997. Fate: Sold to private interests. Was still in use in 2008. Built by Russel Brothers Ltd, Owen Sound, Ont., Beamsville was delivered by CN rail to Vancouver to serve on the West coast, Beamsville became the longest serving vessel in the history of the West coast Auxiliary Fleet. After the war, Beamsville continued service as a CNA. Due to cut backs in the navy that began in 1963 and the anticipation of the new generation of tugs, by 1976, Beamsville as the last of the first-generation Ville class tugs at Esquimalt. She later became a tender to the reserve unit HMCS Discovery and was renamed Burrard. Removed from service in 1997, she was old to private interests. Last sighted, she was still in used in 2008.

 

Esquimalt, BC, May 12, 1986. Photo courtesy Mac Mackay.

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This classic tug was built by Russel Bros - Ontario, to the Canadian Navy Standards. The keel was laid in 1943 and the hull mothballed until 1960 when the vessel was finally completed and commissioned. She served as a harbor tug in Esquimalt British Columbia until the late 1990's, and during this time, she was maintained to Navy Standards. The 671 Detroit Diesel engine has 3900 hours on the hour meter since its complete overhaul, and lives in a completely walk around engine room. This is coupled to an Allison gear, which is connected to a 37 X 27 Wheel. The Vessel is equipped with a head, oil stove, 3 bunks for sleeping, 16 mile radar, depth sounder, and 2 UHF radios. The Beamsville travels economically using only 2.2 gals per hour, at approx. 7.5 knots. Full speed is 9 knots. This vessel could be used for a variety of different of purposes, and with her beautiful classic lines, she attracts attention where ever she goes.

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Internet source page here: http://www.onelink.ca/beamsville

 

Date, location and photographer unknown.
Internet source page here: http://www.onelink.ca/beamsville

The 671 Detroit Diesel engine has 3900 hours on the hour meter since its complete overhaul, and lives in a completely walk around engine room. This is coupled to an Allison gear, which is connected to a 37 X 27 Wheel. The Vessel is equipped with a head, oil stove, 3 bunks for sleeping, 16 mile radar, depth sounder, and 2 UHF radios.

 

Date, location and photographer unknown.
Internet source page here: http://www.onelink.ca/beamsville

The Beamsville travels economically using only 2.2 gals per hour, at approx. 7.5 knots. Full speed is 9 knots. This vessel could be used for a variety of different of purposes, and with her beautiful classic lines, she attracts attention where ever she goes.

 

Date, location and photographer unknown.
Internet source page here: http://www.onelink.ca/beamsville

 

Photo courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk. Date, location and photographer unknown.

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Photo courtesy Joe Fossey.

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Photo courtesy Joe Fossey.

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ENLARGE   May 14, 2008: Beamsville at Delta Marine in Sidney 20k north of Victoria, BC. Photos by Bruce Robertson. ENLARGE

 

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Terry Rowsell notes (April 8, 2009): "Part of your site says Beamsville was still in Navy service at Esquimalt, B. C. in 2002. The Navy moved me to Esquimalt in 2002 and I don't recall ever seeing the tug there, so it may have been disposed of around that time, though I can't be sure. Recently we moved our little sailboat to a new marina located in Tsehum Harbour at Sidney, BC, just North of Victoria. You can imagine my surprise and delight when there she was! I took the attached picture Sept. 28, 2008, the first time I saw her. It appears to be beside the Westport Marina. But I think on a private Jetty. Please see the picture that I just cobbled together. "

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