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G - 14 - Canadian List of Shipping 1956. G - 14 [C.176552] registered at Montreal; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 25' x 7'5 x -2'9; 4'g,t.; 2 n.t.; 20 hp. Owned by The Canadian International Paper Co., Ltd., Montreal. Canadian List of Shipping 1,970: Steel tug G - 14 [C.176552] registered at Montreal. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 25'; 4 g.t. Transport Canada List 2004: Registry closed June 12, 1990. Esnagi - Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Esnagi [C.176642] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 27'3 x 7'5 x 3'; 4 g.t.; 3 n.t.; 70 hp. Owned by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Shipping 1970- Steel tug Esnagi [C.176642] registered at Owen Sound. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 27; 4 g.t. Canadian -List- of Ships 1997: Owned by K. W. Biglow Limited, Devon, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by K. W. Biglow Limited, Devon, ON

Owen Sound SunTimes July 19, 1990

 

Invitation to the dedication ceremony, June 7, 1990 courtesy Tom Russel.

 

VIDEO: Russel Winch Boat.
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Dedication Video and Document
16 min. WMV file. Tom Russel provided this 16 minute video made by the National Museum of Science and Technology which shows clips of winch boats in action, refurbishment of the Esnagi and parts of the dedication ceremonies June 7, 1990. Some parts are missing sound.
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Along with the video, Tom Russel provided another un-credited and un-dated document which, though riddled with inaccuracies and obvious mistakes, does include several interesting points, as elaborated upon below. I provide a 783 pixel wide scan of it here for reference.

  • It says that the donated winch boat was the G-14, and doesn't mention the name Esnagi at all. Both the G-14 and the Esnagi were built in 1946 according to the Canadian List of Shipping of 1956, but differing lengths and power are given:
    G - 14 - Canadian List of Shipping 1956. G - 14 [C.176552] registered at Montreal; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 25' x 7'5 x -2'9; 4'g,t.; 2 n.t.; 20 hp. Owned by The Canadian International Paper Co., Ltd., Montreal. Canadian List of Shipping 1,970: Steel tug G - 14 [C.176552] registered at Montreal. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 25'; 4 g.t. Transport Canada List 2004: Registry closed June 12, 1990.
    Esnagi - Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Esnagi [C.176642] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 27'3 x 7'5 x 3'; 4 g.t.; 3 n.t.; 70 hp. Owned by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Shipping 1970- Steel tug Esnagi [C.176642] registered at Owen Sound. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 27; 4 g.t. Canadian -List- of Ships 1997: Owned by K. W. Biglow Limited, Devon, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by K. W. Biglow Limited, Devon, ON
    The above would favour the Ottawa museum boat being the G-14, as its registry was closed June 12, 1990, while the Esnagi is listed as still privately owned even in 2003.
  • It agrees with the Sun Times piece above that the boat was donated by the Canadian Pacific Forests Products (ex C.I.P.). and states that the boat had been "recently put out of service after 40 years on Lake Baskatong." n.b. - The Sun Times feature above gives the boat length as 7.8 metres. This is closer to the 25 foot length of the G-14 than the 27'3 length given for the Esnagi.
  • It says that Fred Russel (older brother of Tom and son of co-founder Colin Russel) attended the ceremony along with three generations of Warkentins. "At the ceremony, Fred Russel, 67 years, son of the founder and former employee of Russel Brothers, the company which built the boat at their boatworks in Owen Sound, on Georgian Bay, some 40 years ago; Harry Warkentin, 84, its conceiver; Richard Warkentin, son of the former who was also an employee of RUSSEL'S who acquired it in 1960, and John Warkentin, 26 years, sone (sic) of Richard, a former summer employee of the boat works and now the third generation of engineers in the family." Despite getting his name wrong, this document mentions that when the last CEO of Russel Brothers, Dick Warkentin sold the company to the US firm Paccar in 1981, he "reserved the right to conserve the plans of over 1000 boats his father (Harry) designed."
  • It says the hull number of the G-14 was 596, which appears plausible given the 1946 build date. It also gives original sale prices for the first and last winch boats produced: "The first winch boat...which was built in 1929 was sold to the Abitibi Pulp Company for $2650. The G-14, 596th boat built...by Russel Brothers was sold in 1946 to the C.I.P. for $5400. And the last one, once again built for Abitibi Pulp was sold for $30,000 in 1970." n.b. - The Sun Times feature also says the first winch boat was made in 1929 and the last in 1970.

 

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