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Glen Rover


Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Glen Rover [C.176561] registered at Toronto; built at Owen Sound in 1944. 75’ 9 x 20’ 1 x 7’ 6; 98 g.t.; 6 n.t.; 400 hp. Built at Owen Sound in 1944 as a] HMCS Glencove 76’; 98 g.t. Renamed b] Consol II, and c] Glen Rover.

Edison Horton notes: The Glencove was launched on June 10, 1944 at Owen Sound and commissioned on July 07, 1944. HMCS Glencove was declared surplus and sold in 1946 to Anticosti Shipping Co. Ltd, Montreal and renamed Consol 11, ca 1954 was sold to Canadian Dredge and Dock, Midland, Ont. renamed GlenRover. 1986: sold to Marlin Marine Ltd, Vancouver, B.C. name- GlenRover. 1988: Repowered with 1- Caterpillar 398 diesel, 855 hp. 1989: Sold to Nanaimo Towing Ltd, Qualicum, B.C. name- GlenRover 1996: Sold to Gemini Marine Services, Garden Bay, B.C., name GlenRover. Offical Registration No. 176561. At that time the tug was in receivership. 2006: Up for sale thru Newcastle Boat Brokers Ltd, Nanaimo, B.C. In a letter that I had from Gemini Marine Services in 2001, they stated that her plaque read as follows: CN 795 Glencove 1944 Length 80 1/2, Beam 20, Depth 10.. Also, I was told by a former tug captain that the bell from the Glencove was put on the Atomic, only to disappear off the Atomic, someone liked bells, I guess.


Joe Fossey Collection.


From the Russel - Hipwell News, Fall 1951

Name Changes
Vessel Name: Date: Registry Official #
GLEN ROVER 1953   CANADA 176561

Ownership Changes
Owner Name Date Registry Official #
Canadian Government
Ottawa, Ont. Canada
1944 - 1946 CANADA 176561
Anticosti Shipping Co., Ltd.
Montreal, P.Q. Canada
1946 - 1953 CANADA 176561
Canadian Dredge & Dock Co., Ltd.
Toronto, Ont. Canada
1953 CANADA 176561


GLEN ROVER at Kingston July 23, 1977. Photo by Rene Beauchamp.

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Photo Date: 1985/04/17
Photo and tables below courtesy Great Lakes Vessels Index, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes,
Bowling Green State University


Edison Horton supplies the information that he has on the GlenRover, ex HMCS Glencove:


Programme Year-  1943-44.
Navy Pennant Number:  War Time-   W  37  07 July to October, 1945.

Builder:  Russel Bros., Owen Sound, Ontario.  Yard w/o # 486.
RCN Order Number:  CN 795.
Laid down on 09 February, 1944.
Launched on 10 June, 1944.
Commissioned on 07 July, 1944.
Displacement:  170 tons.
Length 80' 6" x beam 20' 7" x darught 9' 8".  Steel Hull, short house.
Power: I Enterprise diesel, 6 cylinders (12" x 15"), 400 hp @ 400 rpm. 
Speed 10.5 kts.  Fuel Stowage (fuel oil) - 30 tons.

The GLENCOVE  was a tender to Naval Base Chaleur, Québec City, Que.
Naval Skipper: Lt. Kenneth L.Lyons RCNR (15.5.44)
On 15 September, 1945 the GLENCOVE  along with the 
GLENORA  towed 3 Fairmiles (Q 104, Q 105 and Q 107)
to Rimouski, Que.  for the Arts and Trades School.

Owners and renaming after been released from Naval Service.
1946:  CONSOL 11,  Anticosti Shipping Co. Ltd., Montreal, Que.
1954:  GLEN  ROVER,  Canadian Dredge and Dock Ltd., Midland, Ont.
1986:  GLEN  ROVER,  Marlin Marine Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.
1988:  Repowered with 1 Caterpillar Model 398 diesel, 855 hp.
1989:  GLEN  ROVER:  Nanaimo Towing Ltd., Qualicum, B.C.
2000:  GLEN  ROVER:  Gemini Marine Services, Garden Bay, B.C.

Modifications:  Changes to mess and crews quarters, 
added a bow thruster and new bulwarks.
Offical Registration No. 176561.  SIS.

March 2001.  Ref.
Canadian War Vessels C.B. (Can) 0809 (July 1944)
Canadian Navy Lists (March 1945) O.U.(CAN) 1250(3) 45.
Information letter from Gemini Services Ltd.
Vessel Registration, Transport Canada.


Glen Rover in Kingston. Photo courtesy Gary Kleaman.


Rod Morrison notes: These were taken by me here in Kingston. Not sure what year.

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Rod Morrison notes: These were taken by me here in Kingston. Not sure what year.

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Rod Morrison notes: These were taken by me here in Kingston. Not sure what year.

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George Lee notes (July 25, 2017): Glen Rover laid up at Port Lambton early 1980s.


North arm of the Fraser River. Photo courtesy Gary Kleaman.


Glen Rover for sale. Clipping courtesy Gary Kleaman.

Glen Rover ex- Consol II, operated by Stormaway Towing in Campbell River, owner (Jim Brandon, centre in photo below) This photo was taken Dec. 2005 and supplied by Rob Morris is editor of Western Mariner Magazine.

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Glen Rover owner Jim Brandon, (centre) Dec. 2005.

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Courtesy of / © Dirk Septer 2012


The Tug Glen Rover Moving Camp. Published on 15 Jan 2012.


Glen Rover Jan. 23, 2012. This is the Glen Rover, moored in the Powell River South Harbour. She was built for the Canadian Navy during WWII in Owen Sound ON as the Glencove, one of the 16 Glen-class tugs commissioned during the war. Sold in 1946 and re-named Consol II, sold again in 1953 and renamed Glen Rover. And since 1986 a Stormaway Towing boat, though I understand she is for sale again. Length: 23.13m Breadth: 6.13m Draft: 2.32m Power: 400 BHP Year Built: 1944.

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Laid down: 09 Feb 1944 Launched: 10 Jun 1944 Delivered to RCN: 07 Jul 1944 Removed from Service: Oct 1945 Fate: Sold to commercial use. Still in service as a tug for Stormaway Towing as of 2012. Glencove was built by Russel Bros of Owen Sound, Ont. She was a steel hull, short house tug, Length: 80.5 ft; Beam: 20 ft 7 in; Draught 9 ft 8 in; Speed 10.5 kts. She was listed as a tender to the Naval base Chaleur, Quebec city. On 15 Sep 1945, Glencove, with the tug Glenora, towed 3 Fairmiles, Q104, Q105 and Q107 to the Arts and Trades School at Rimouski, Que. Removed from service in Oct 1945, she was sold to Anticosti Shipping, Co. Ltd., Montreal and renamed Consol II. In 1954 she was sold to Canadian Dredge and Dock Ltd., Midland, Ont and renamed Glen Rover. She was sold again in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 2000 but retained her name through these sales. She was photographed in 2012 and was owned by Stormaway Towing of Campbell River, BC.
Tug Glen Rover (former Glencove), Campbell River, BC, Stormaway Towing, 29 Feb 2012
Photographer: Dirk Septer


Russel Glen Rover on the west coast. Click to enlarge to 800 pixels wide. Undated images from


Russel Glen Rover by rog45 (flickr). Click to enlarge to 1620 pixels wide.


Here is an old shot of Glen Rover in Goderich from the 80's and some juicy
high res recent shots from


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