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Particulars of Canadian War Vessels Building & Projected by Naval Service Headquarters (D. N. C. Dept.) 1943 - 1945: Listerville [CN875]. Janes Fighting Ships 1990 - 1991: Cavalier ex Listerville [YTL 578]. Built by Russel Bros. Launched October 12, 1944. Joe Fossey notes (July 2006): Bob & Louise Perrault own ex-Listerville, an outstanding Ville Class renamed "Cavalier", and later "Hercules" and Miss Jenna.


Listerville in naval service in the 1950s in Halifax harbour. The prominent smoke jack from the forecastle stove was a trademark of the pup tugs.


Navy info from Leigh Cossey, obtained April 2018.


RCN Photograph of the CFAV Listerville (Ville-class harbour tug), Halifax, Nova Scotia, c. 1950.


RCN Photograph - 2 Ville-class harbour tugs in foreground, Halifax, Nova Scotia, c. 1950. Taken in 1960 HMCS Bonaventure Majestic Light Fleet Class Aircraft Carrier (CVL 22) Builder: Harland and Wolfe, Belfast, Northern Ireland Laid down: 27 November 1943 (HMS Powerful) Launched: 27 February 1945 Acquired: 23 April 1952 Commissioned RCN: 17 January 1957, Belfast, Ireland Displacement: -16,000 tons; length: - 704ft; width: - 80ft; draught: - 25ft; top speed: - 24kts; crew: 1200 peacetime - 1300 wartime Paid off: 1 July 1970 Fate: Sold for scrap and broken up at Taiwan 1971 National Defence Photograph Canada Neg. No. BN4694.


Montreal, Sept. 1977, Dave Freeman Photo, Rene Beauchamp Collection.

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"Cavalier" photo from Hamilton Naval Yard (undated, c. late 80s).

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Hamilton 1987, Plainsville (587) and Listerville (578). George Lee Collection.

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1987 photos of YTL 578 in Hamilton courtesy George Lee.


Rene Beauchamp notes (March 2017): Russel Bros. built CAVALIER at Valleyfield, QC and another workboat on a barge, April 14, 1994.



From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012

Listerville (i) returns to Nova Scotia... Hercules awaits a return to salt water on Mahone Bay. Her mast has been laid flat for road transport. A tug, built in 1945, and for many years in fresh water near Montreal has returned to Nova Scotia. Built at Owen Sound, ON by Russel Bros as the Listerville for the Canadian navy, it was one of scores of Ville class "pup" tugs built for use at naval installations all over Canada. As 45 foot, 165 bhp tugs they became jacks of all trades, pushing, towing, and running errands around dockyards and naval bases.They were easily transportable by rail and so ended up in many out of the way places over the years. Listerville was based in Halifax for many years. After disposal by the navy it worked for McKeil Workboats as Cavalier and its register was closed in 1999 when it became a pleasure craft. It was carefully refitted and renovated and renamed Hercules It arrived back Nova Scotia on November 8 by truck and will soon enter the waters of Mahone Bay. A second Listerville is currently in service at HMC Dockyard in Halifax, it was built in 1974.


From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

It was also a quiet day in Mahone Bay where the ex RCN Ville class ''pup'' tug Miss Jenna was resting alongside. Miss Jenna is the former Hercules, Cavalier and originally, Listerville.


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