Russel Brothers Limited   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO   Steelcraft Boat Builders
Hull 958

Boat #958, Length 26.0, Beam 7.6, year 1952.

Christine Mitchell, Director, Chutes Coulonge, writes: "We are a non profit organization - the boat was donated to us by the Sawmill in Davidson, Québec on the the Ottawa River. In more recent years the sawmill was run under the Tembec banner - but it is now dormant. We operate a tourist site on the Coulonge River at the Grande Chute where George Bryson - lumber baron - built a 3000 ft wooden log chute so that logs could bypass the large rocky waterfalls and the gorge and make their way to the Ottawa River. I would love to have more information about the boat so we can pass it on to our visitors - we see 10 000 people each season from May to October."

"We painted the boat after it sat for three years - it was painted those colours before because we matched the chips of paint against samples just to try to perserve it a little. It is my understanding that each logging company and or sawmill painted it to suit their image. My husband thought it looked like air search and rescue planes, but i think your right - more like McDonald's. We had concerns with people getting on the boat for pictures and such - people were getting rust all over their clothing - we finally just took matters into our own hands. We primed it all gray first - but it is much more lively as it is now. Our only grace is that the colours should fade with weather and wear.

I appreciate your help and look forward to whatever information you can ascertain.

Regards, Christine Mitchell, Feb. 27th, 2006"

June 5th, 2005.

ENLARGE to 2048 pixels wide


Chutes du Coulonge, QB, July 2005.

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SB notes, as a 25 foot winch boat produced in 1952 and used on the Ont./Que. border, there's a good chance this is one of the following: The Brian B., Copo V, Kipawa, Mary Beatrice L., Ogascanen, Peterbell, Sassaganiga.


Fall 2016.

ENLARGE to 2000 pixels wide


SB notes: April 14, 2017. Hull 958 in Chutes Coulonge Historical Park today. Photos by my sister in law Corinne Pitre.


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