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Particulars Of Canadian War Vessels Building & Projected by Naval Service Headquarters (D. N. C. Dept.) 1943 - 1945: Plainville [CN881]. Janes Fighting Ships 1990 - 1991: Plainsville [YTL 587]. Built by Russel Bros. Launched November 23, 1944. GAO Notes: See clipping file for pic coutesy of Mac Mackay, who states “still operating in Halifax but not for the navy.”

Plainsville in Halifax, NS, Oct. 20, 2003.

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Plainsville in Halifax, NS, Sept. 25th, 1999.

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From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels JULY 18, 2010
source: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2010/07/plainsville-rebuilding.html

Typical of the small "pup" tugs built for the Canadian Navy in World War II, Plainsville has had a varied career since coming out of Russel Bros shipyard in Owen Sound, ON in November 1944. Following naval service in Sydney, NS, she served the Department of Transport/Coast Guard for a time, but she seems to have escaped much notice. She turned up in Halifax in 1997 working for LeGrow's Marine. They used her extensively for towing work barges and service scows, but sold her off a couple of years ago. Since then she has lain in Sambro, NS. This year she got some hull work and a coat of paint, but her house is in need of attention. It appears that someone has decided she is worth the work to keep her going.

 

From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
source: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2011/03/plainsville-hauled-out.html

The Ville class pup tug Plainsville is hauled out at Sambro Head, ready for some shipyard work. Since I haven't been out to Sambro all winter, it might have been hauled out in the fall. However it doesn't appear that much has been done to her since my last posting: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2010/07/plainsville-rebuilding.html Built by Russel Brothers in Owen Sound, ON for the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II, she still shows her original hull form, but her house was rebuilt from the original.

 

Photo from Shipspotting.com (downloaded May 2017)
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1358910#

The former Plainsville YTL-587 moored near Sambro, Nova Scotia on July 24, 2011. The “Ville” Class “pup” tug was built by Russel Bros. in Owen Sound, Ontario for the Royal Canadian Navy. She was launched November 23, 1944.
Photo by gerrard.

 

From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
source: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2013/10/plainsville-more-lives-than-cat.html

Plainsville - more lives than a cat. The last time I saw the little tug Plainsville at Sambro it looked forlorn and neglected. On the weekend I was pleased to see her festooned with tires and obviously back in busines as a working tug. She was moored off the CME boatyard in Sambro, and is apparently used to assist boats on and off their marine railway cradle and perhaps for other chores around the harbour. Another classic, she was built in 1944 by Russel Brothers of Owen Sound, ON for the Canadian navy as a Ville class dockyard pup tug . She later worked for the Department of Transport and was the predecessor of Gulf Spray (see previous post) for LeGrow's in Halifax.She has doubtless had other lives that I am not aware of.

 

From Mac Mackay's excellent TUGFAX blog about Halifax vessels SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
source: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2016/06/eastern-tug-roundup.html

Another ex navy ''pup'' was hauled out at Sambro June 4. Plainsville is operated by the shipyard itself to assist in drydocking and other work.

 

Plainsville.... Sambro, Nova Scotia.
May 6,2017. Photo by Pete Spencer.

 

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