Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Pijitic [C.178681] registered at Port Arthur; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 33'3 x 1l' x 5'4; 18 g.t.; 17 n.t.; 130 hp. Owned by Marathon Corporation of Canada Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tender Pijitic [C.178681] registered at Goderich. Built at Owen Sound in 1946. 33'; 18 g.t. Canadian List of Shipping 1997: Owned by Doug Graham, Owen Sound, Ontario. Tranport Canada List 2003: Owned by Doug Graham, Owen Sound, Ontario. Design #284 blueprints
The PIJITIC was owned by Dr. Douglas Whitesides of Owen Sound's Mackinnon Phillips Hospital. Dr. Whitesides sold her to Doug Graham of Owen Sound, who owned her as late as 1992, when it was still operational. - Don Capel, OSMRM 1992.
S.B. notes (Dec. 6, 2017) - Pijitic is a native word, an older name for "Pic", referring to a River near Marathon Ontario. This PDF "History of the Pic River Area" prepared for the Marathon Corporation in Nov. 1946, shows the original version of "Pic river" was "Pijitic river". Which is where our Pijitic got her name!
Pijitic photos courtesy of Marathon and District Historical Society, supplied by Leigh Cossey Dec. 2nd, 2017. Leigh comments: "These pictures are at the mill site in Marathon. She was lifted in and out with the dock crane used for loading pulp bales onto the lake freighter D. C. Everest. Pijitic's purpose was to wine and dine brass and assorted dignitaries for the Marathon Paper Corporation of Canada Ltd., (Port Arthur) and take them on fishing trips." Photos taken by Glenn Fromme-Douglas, in Sept. 1952 and May 1953 at Marathon Ontario.
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Rick Stout of Owen Sound notes (Feb. 2006): the Pijitic was a very heavy old boat and had a Chrysler Straight 8 Royal engine. I knew the boat as well as I know my own. As a kid growing up at the yacht club, it was there most of my childhood. Dr. Doug Whitesides brought it into the yacht club in the mid 60's. Doug Graham bought it in July of 1978. At 18, I was noted as being a great boat handler. Doug Graham was a good friend and asked me to run the Pijitic every time he wanted to go for a ride. Doug and Mary Graham, are still in town on 15th street west, and Pijitic was in the GYC (Georgian Yacht Club) in Owen Sound until 2000. SB notes: Rick has the original Chrysler Straight 8 engine from the Russel built 30' tender boat Carol Lynn (which was escorting the Translake III drilling rig when it capsized) in his dad's wooden excursion boat Rayn-Bow II. Rick's dad got the engine from the boat at the GYC Owen Sound, from Colin Glen.
RBF notes: Port Stanley, ON April 4th, 2004.
Port Stanley, ON Oct. 2003.
Dec. 4th, 2017: Rick Stout comments "That rubber tire ash tray was on the Pijitic as long as I could remember, and it was still there when the boat left Owen Sound in 2000." (middle row, left).
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