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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.

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


Glen Rover for sale. Clipping courtesy Gary Kleaman.


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


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.


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