Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
|Brompton Duchess / Mink Isle|
Design #333, Hull 727. 50' x 13'6" Harbour Tug. 150 hp Kahlenberg diesel. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by William Parr, Parry Sound, ON. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by William Parr, Parry Sound, Ontario. RBF Notes: Hull 727 built 1947. Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Brompton Duchess [C.178684] registered at Port Arthur; built at Owen Sound in 1947. 47’ 7 x 12’ 9 x 6’ 5; 27 g.t.; 16 n.t.; 150 hp. Owned by St. Lawrence Corp., Ltd., Montreal. Russel Brochure: Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Brompton Duchess [C.178684] registered at Port Arthur; built at Owen Sound in 1947. 27’; 4 g.t. Transport Canada List 2000: Steel tug/other Mink Isle [C.320152] ex- Brompton Duchess. Registered at Ottawa 07/11/84. Built at Owen Sound in 1947. 26.77 g.t; 15.87 n.t. 14.5m x 3.9m x 2m Built by Russel Brothers, Owen Sound. Owned by William Parr, Parry Sound, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by William Parr, Parry Sound, Ontario.
This handsome tug was built in 1947 by Russel Brothers Limited of Owen Sound, ON as the Brompton Duchess for the St. Lawrence Corp. of Montreal, QC. She was later renamed Mink Isle. The tug was eventually acquired by William Parr of Parry Sound, ON. Today, the Mink Isle is owned by Sixth Great Lakes Marine Services of Penetanguishene, ON.
Type: Single Screw Tugboat
Year Built: 1947
Builder: Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, ON
Hull No.: 727
Horsepower: 300 bhp
Length: 47' 08?
Breadth: 12' 11?
Depth: 6' 06?
Port of Registry: Ottawa, ON.
25' x 9' Utility Runabout (Design #330. Hull #697) in foreground,
Brompton Duchess in background, both boats were built in 1947.
n.b. - the runabout is quite likely the Abitibi I.
Summer 2000 at the Tug Races in Sault Ste. Marie. Mink Isle and Regan. Paul Capel Collection.
RBF notes: Mink Isle - Ex Brompton Duchess (Soo, ON July 2, 2004)
from tugfest.net: Uploaded by: Amber [29-08-2005 10:38:20 EDT]
Mink Isle, out of Snug Harbour with Capt Bob Parr and crew Sandra Parr.
Photo: Bob White
tugfest.net: 2005 photos.
From Russel company brochure: WORKBOATS AND LAUNCHES.
Don Moon archive.
Click photo below to view photos from July 28, 2007 at
Owen Sound - Russel Brothers Tugfest.
Mink Isle heading home on Christmas Day 2016.
Mink Isle at Harbour West Marina, Jan. 2017. Photo by Robert Cox.
Aug. 22, 2017 from Sixth Great Lakes Marine Service Ltd., Penetang, ON
Robert Cox on paint brush. Photo courtesy Jen Cox.
Mink Isle, Penetang, ON, Dec. 22, 2017. Photo courtesy Jen Cox.
Mink Isle, Summer 2017.
For more Russel exhibits visit Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum 1165 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8
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