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Steel fish tug a] Shannon Terry was built in 1939 as Hull 340. Launched in 1940. Later named b] Newago. Article in The Great Lakes Fisherman, January 1981, page 6. 43 LOA, 38 LWL. 165 hp Perkins Diesel. 17 g.t. Paul Capel notes: Ellen Marie was Shannon Terry, built for Jess Jones in 1940. Was later owned by Pilon Fisheries in Southampton. Pilons rebuilt this boat longer & wider. The boat was then sold to Ted Farmer who rebuilt superstructure and renamed it NEWAGO. Vessel was next sold to Don Capel who completed and finished the interior. NEWAGO was then sold to Greg Beresford who kept it in Meaford. While in Meaford Greg had Richardsons install a diesel engine and refurbished it yet again. He spent a considerable money on it and in fact made a YACHT (d] Ellen Marie) out of it. RBF Notes: Reported by current owner 2004, to be a Russel Built fishing trawler. Ex c] Sand Shadow. Appears not to have been registered as either. Current owner, Louis Talirico. Previous owner, Gregory Stephen Beresford.

 

 

Ellen Marie. - Owner and Previous owner claim she's Russel built Fishing Trawler.
Photo by Robert B. Farrow (Thunder Bay, ON Sept 4, 2004).

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Wording of the plaque from the model photos above:

MODELS OF THE SHIPS OF GEORGIAN BAY
CRUISING TUG SAND SHADOW

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Built by the Russel Brothers Company of Owen Sound in 1939, this boat was originally named the SHANNON & TERRY by its owner, Jesse Jones who used it for fishing in Owen Sound Bay.

Following the death of Mr. Jones, the boat was sold to Pylon (sic) Fisheries in 1959, and they renamed it PYLON (sic) BROTHERS using it in the Southampton area.

In 1972 she was purchased by Ted Farmer who renamed it NEYWAGO (sic) and used it for a dive boat at Tobermory. He changed the length of the boat from 35 feet to 39 feet, and the beam from 9.5 to 13.5 feet.

Two years later in 1974 she was again sold to Don Capel, the builder of this model, who refitted the interior for cruising as a pleasure yacht.

The boat was again sold in 1980 to Greg Bearsford (sic) of Meaford, who renamed it SAND SHADOW, a diesel engine was installed and a radar unit added when the boat was rebuilt and the interior redesigned to include a central ??????? system at a total cost of $200,000.

The Bearsford (sic) family sold the boat in 1985 to Lawrence Swift of Pickering, a member of the Canadian Coast Guard. The Swifts lived aboard the SAND SHADOW year round in Pickering harbour until Mr. Swift was transferred to the Central Regional headquarters of the Coast Guard in Sarnia. The Swifts moved her to Sarnia and she has been located there ever since.

LOAN COURTESY THE MARINE & RAIL MUSEUM, OWEN SOUND, ON.
MODEL BUILT BY DON CAPEL, OWEN SOUND

 

Photos from the Paul Capel Collection
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RBF notes: Ellen Marie in Thunder Bay, Jan. 21, 2006.

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Matthew Carlson of Thunder bay Tug Services says (Mar. 23, 2017): Ellen Marie in Thunder Bay yacht club, just took them. We're icebreaking right now. Click to enlarge to 600 pixels.

 

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