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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Penny [C.178013] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 32'7 x 10 x 4'3; 10 g.t.; 6 nt.; 40 hp. Owned by Spruce Falls Power & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Penny [C.178013] registered at Owen Sound. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 33'; 10 g.t. Canadian List of Shipping 1997: Owned by Spruce Falls Inc., Kapuskasing, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2004: Registry closed August 10, 1999. Tranport Canada List 2005: Steel Tug-Other Penny [C.178013] registered Owen Sound, ON. Built Russel Brothers Limited, Owen Sound, ON 1946. 9.97m x 3.05m x 1.31m; 9.52 g.t.; 6.47 n.t.; 40 hp. Owned Terry Gordon Scott, 7284 Sanwich Stn., Windsor, ON, N9C 3Z1.


Terry Scott notes (July 12th, 2006): "More info on Spuce Falls P&P ( now Tembec). The tugs were not all "named" and the locals referred to them by "color". The orange one being the Penny, I think the Oscar was white, there was a green one, then there was the 35 footers which the Kapus is one of, again known by colors ( the Kapus is the small white one)". Click here for photo.

Terry Scott notes: Penny working, Kapuskasing, ON.

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Terry Scott notes: Penny at dock. The original company that owned Penny was Spruce Falls Power and Paper Co. Penny's identical twin, the Oscar, was the same build date one number different in the registry. There were about 5 others from what I can figure, some 28 footers and some 35. In about 1996 or so, Tembec, the big world lumber giant bought out Spruce Falls and many other mills in N. Canada. The tugs got sent down to Midland in about 1999 for auction. I know the Oscar was one along with the Penny. The Penny being in better condition attracted a buyer, the guy I got her from. I heard from witnesses that were at the auction that the Penny was the only tug that sold. The rest were just sitting in the yard of the consignee which was an outfit called Jones Construction.

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RBF notes: "for sale on Scruton Marine." May 28th, 2006.

1947 35 x 10 x 4.5 Steel Russel Bros Tugboat

Built in 1947 by Russel Brothers, Owen Sound, Ontario 1947 35 x 10 x 4.5 Steel Russel Bros Tugboat Built in 1947 by Russel Brothers, Owen Sound, Ontario Double bottom: plate Sides: Frames: 3 x 3/8 flat bar on 15 centers Rebuilt 4 cyl H series Cummins marine engine 130 hp, closed cooling, plate cooler Engine has a front PTO. Engine hours 1560.0 Twin Disc MG 165 2:1 reduction gear Fuel capacity: 100 gal Steel 3 blade 30 D x 24 P Speed: 9 mph light Electronics: Horizon VHF, Furuno 4100 depth sounder All new navigation lights including regulation towing lights Bolt on removable ice cage of 1 solid round Heavy stern fairlead Logging winch has been removed Worked as a day boat, no accommodations Vessel is turn key, good work tug Vessel is truckable Ready to drive home Located in western Ontario, Canada Price reduced from $34,125 CDN to $23,100 CDN

SB notes: "2006 Photos from the Detroit Race Web Site,, and Terry Scott."
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Detroit Tugboat Race, July 2007

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Ocean Madelinot This small veteran tugboat was built in 1946 by Russel Brothers Limited of Owen Sound, ON as the Penny for Spruce Falls Power & Paper Company of Kapuskasing, ON. In 1999, she was sold to a private owner. She was later sold again to Terry Scott of Windsor, ON. Eventually, Ocean Group of Quebec, QC purchased the Penny, and renamed her Ocean Madelinot. Type: Single Screw Tugboat Year Built: 1946 Builder: Russel Bros. Ltd., Owen Sound, ON Horsepower: 321 bhp Length: 35' 03? Breadth: 10' 08? Depth: 5' 04? Port of Registry: Quebec, QC


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