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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Boomalong [C.177629] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1944. Dimensions: 37’ 2 x 10’ 6 x 3’ 8; 7 g.t; 5 n.t.; 93 hp. Owned by Abitibi Power & Paper Co., Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Boomalong [C.177629] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1944. 37’; 13 g.t. Owned by Kimberly – Clark Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. Canadian List of Ships 1994 – 95: Steel tug Boomalong [C.177629] Owned by Donald Dexter, 44 Kent Avenue, Sault Ste., Marie, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Donald Delayer, Sault Ste., Marie, Ontario. GAO Notes: Boomalong was originally H.M.C.S. Neville. Saw active service in St. John and was sold after the war to Long Lac paper Company in 1946. In 1946 Abitibi pulp and Paper Company bought her and used her for 18 years. She was then sold to Sheppard and Morrison in Chapleau, Ontario. In 1973 Don Delayer purchased the tug and lifted her out at Mile 92 in the Montreal River. She was loaded on a flat car and brought to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. She was then updated and modernized and renamed Boomalong.


Photo Date: Aug. 22nd, 1981
Photo and tables below courtesy Great Lakes Vessels Index, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes,
Bowling Green State University

 

Boomalong, Dec. 20, 2001.

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Boomalong, Soo, MI, July 2, 2004.

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Boomalong
Photo by Nancy Schultheiss, boatnerd.com.

 

April 20, 2016. Boomalong was getting hauled out. Her fine lines made me think she has a storied past, and it turns out she does. She began life in 1944 in Owen Sound, ON as HMCS Neville, HMCS being Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship. She’s a Russel Brothers boat that has been around, currently quite far from Sault Ste. Marie. Photos by Will Van Dorp.
source: https://tugster.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/really-random-tugs-33-and-more/

 

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