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R. F. Frances / Cassell

Ex- R. F. Frances. Canadian List of Shipping 1997: Steel tug Cassell [C.177811] ex- The R. F. Frances. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. Owned by Jack Matthews, Port Dover, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2001: Owned by Siddall Marine Services, Goderich, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Siddall Marine Services, Goderich, Ontario. RBF Notes: Hull 594.

 

That is Harry Warkentin in the suit. Harry designed many of the Russel Brothers boats, this one is probably undergoing sea trials in the bay, probably either the Mark Whitman or perhaps the Cassell, late 40's before being loaded onto a rail car. Richard was Harry's son, and was the last CEO of Russel Brothers when it died in 1993.

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Paul Capel notes: "Capt. Ed Siddal, approx. 40' Russel Alligator Tug. Photo taken in Bayfield - boat was still at his shop in 2007. His estate also owns Sloe Moe. "

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Photo courtesy Griffon Cunningham.

 

Photo courtesy Griffon Cunningham.

 

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