Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Canadian List of Shipping 1952, Supplement 3: Registers Opened. Same info as follows: Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Muskrat [C.195266] registered at Ottawa; built at Owen Sound in 1953, hull number 1013. 38’6 x 11’6 x 4’3; 14 g.t.; 9 n.t.; 200hp. Owned by The Upper Ottawa Improvement Co., Ottawa. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Muskrat [C.195266] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1947. 39’; 14 g.t. Canadian List of Ships 1997: owned by Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, Ottawa, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, ON. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by James Klinck, Barry’s Bay, ON. RBF notes: Built date of 1953 given on ICO Russel Tug Sale List. Also given as 1953 on Transport Canada List 2004.
Photos from http://muskrat2005.tripod.com/
seacliff @ dominica-cottages.com
Jim Klinck notes (2006)...We renovated the Muskrat a few years after the Maggie 11 and then we took her on the Great Circle Tour, starting on the Trent Severn, down through Lake Michigan, the Mississippi ,down to Mobile, Alabama and then eventually up the eastern intercoastal to New York, Lake Champlain and back home again where she is resting near Ottawa until the next tour. This picture of the Muskrat was taken in Chicago.
Lots of interest along the southern waterways in our little tug. Don't know if another Russell Bros. has made it into the Gulf of Mexico but if they have I hope the weather was a little better for them than when we crossed!!
The picture you have on your site of the Muskrat was taken by Kent Malo as we were returning on the final leg of our 8 month journey back home to Ottawa. We had no idea it was taken until we looked at your site, neat to see the pictures and history of these gallant boats.
Jim Klinck notes: Muskrat in Chicago, 2006.
KM notes: Muskrat today upbound in the St. Lawrence Seaway at
Kahnawake Mohawk territorial Land, May 16, 2006.
Cliff Halvorson notes (Dec. 23, 2017): Muskrat a few
years ago in Lake Superior, around Cornucopia WI.
Jim Munts notes: Muskrat for sale at the marina, Washburn, WI., March 1 2017.
Photos from bigwaterboatbroker ad saved Apr. 24, 2017. Price $30,000.00 Manufacturer: Russel Brothers Tugboat 1953
39' Russel Brothers Tugboat 1953
Engine – Cummins Diesel 220 hp
One Manual Pump Head
Electric Bilge Pump
35 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
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