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Hull 891

Pierre Arseneault from Trois Rivières got Hull 891 from Consol in 1994 and extensively modified and restored it. He uses it in the summer. Official Number 193.606 Registered Tonnage 2.48. 21 D 5085. Photos by Pierre Arseneault.




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In the early 50's my parents bought a house on the St-Laurence River waterfront. We could see boats passing every day, almost in our backyard: cargo ships, passenger ships, tugs pushing or pulling barges, schooners transporting logs to the St-Lawrence Paper Mill Company which was about a mile and a half away from our house. From the end of our yard we could see barges full of wood being unloaded. And also those little tug boats moving within the logs were attracting my attention with their "tuk- tuk, tuk-tuk" sound. Walking on the shore we could get to the booms where the boats were docked. I remember going inside, looking at the engines and smell the odor of gasoline. It wouldn't take long that the foreman would tell us to go away. We would soon be coming back!

Already then, in my head I was saying to myself , when I get older I will surely have a boat like that. Well it happened forty years later. But it wasn't my first boat. In the 70's, I owned a 25 ft. wooden sailing sloop. In the 80's, I owned a 26 ft. steel double ender. Mid 80's, Russel Hull no. 721 (project was abandoned).

In 1994, Russel Hull 891. I bought a welding machine and decided to do the restoration. It took me quite a few years, I succeeded and I'm pleased with the job I've done. (but I lost about 25 pounds working on it). I installed a 1944 Chrysler Crown Marine Engine, 6 cyl., 251 cu. in. In autumn 2006, I installed a 4 cyl. Mercedes OM636 Diesel Engine, it will be coupled to a marine transmission this spring.

Furthermore, I have a couple of marine engines in my shed: Universal Marine Engine, Utility Four Model BNMR (1937), Universal Marine Engine, Utility Four Model BN (1940), Chrysler Crown Marine Engine, 6 cyl. 251 cu. in. (1944), Mercedes OM636 Diesel Engines, 4 cyl. and also a Paragon Marine Transmission, Model 3XE-90; 2:1 Reduction Gear. That's my little hobby. Pierre Arseneault   Trois-Rivières, Québec,   parseno13 @ hotmail.com

 

 

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