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R. A. Hoey

Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel passenger vessel R. A. Hoey [ON 313137] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1961. 47'; 40 g.t. Canadian List of Ships 1964: Owned by The Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Ottawa. Canadian List of Ships 1976: Owned by the Minister of Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Ottawa. Same in 1984 and 1985 lists. Canadian List of Ships 1994 - 95: Canadian List of Ships 1990: Owned by John Raynor, Perkinsfield, Ontario Steel passenger vessel R. A. Hoey [C.313137] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1961. 47'; 40 g.t. Owned by John Raynor, Perkinsfield, Ontario. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by John Raynor, Perkinsfield, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Tobias Nicholls, Durham, Ontario. Subsequent owners: Tan Diving & Marine. Toby Nicholls, Tracey Coghlin. Listed for sale on yachtworld March 21, 2011, bought by WALTER DAVID ROBERTSON of NEW LOWELL, ON.


Kimcee and R.A. Hoey at Christian Island, summer 1967. Photo courtesy Rick Stout.
Rick Stout comments (Mar. 12, 2017): The Hoey was the main transportation link to and from Christian Island until around 1987 when the Indian Maiden was built. The Hoey was in Penetang owned by John Raynor of Perkinsfield in the early 90's. Later to that, according to John's daughter (who I know) the Hoey sank in Penetang. (I don't remember this). When I worked for CW West Crane Service in Owen Sound, we lifted the Hoey out of the water (c.1997 or 1998) for the winter at the Owen Sound Marina. She has been sold again and is still in Meaford today.


GAO notes: Midland, ON. R. A. Hoey with Dawn Light and Georgian Queen.


R. A. Hoey Sept. 1993. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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R. A. Hoey Oct. 9th, 2002. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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RBF notes: Meaford, ON Apr. 3rd, 2004

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R.A. HOEY. Owner: Tan Diving & Marine. Toby Nicholls, Tracey Coghlin YEAR: 1963 WEIGHT: 40 tons; LENGTH: 50 ft; BEAM: 14.6 ft; DRAFT: 6 ft; HP: 250 Cummins; HOME PORT: Meaford, Ontario the tugs.


Coming into Owen Sound Jan. 5, 2008. Photos by Norm Meneray.
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Listed on yachtworld March 21, 2011:

1962 50x 14.6x 5.6 Russel Bros Built Passenger Vessel Fresh Transport Canada Certification 2011 - 25 passengers This vessel is turnkey ready to carry passengers and earn income Built in 1962 by Russel Brothers Ltd, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada - Hull #1199 Gross tonnage: 39 tons Net tonnage: 15.66 tons Hull: 1/4 hull on 15 centres 10 gauge steel house

4 bulkheads, 5 watertight compartments New watertight deck hatch Full walk around deck with 40 high hand rails 1/4 checkerplate deck Headroom: Wheelhouse 65, Cabin 65, Engine room 6

The entire vessel has been gutted and redone, wiring, insulation and interior All new systems, plumbing, hot water heater, electrical, fridge, electric heaters 110V AC All work has been done to Transport Canada regulations.

Hull hydroblasted and two coats of Devoe 2 part epoxy and 2 coats Devoe antifouling - Nov 2010 Audio gauge of hull Nov 2010 Recent haul out for Transport Canada inspection: November 2010 Stuffing box repacked, new aluminum anodes Nov 2010

Engine: Single NH250 Cummins, Keel cooled, Dry Exhaust Gears: Twin Disc 509 3:1 ratio Fuel consumption: 4 gal/hr at 1800 rpm at 8 knots Cruising speed: 8 knots Shaft: 3 1/2" stainless steel Propeller: 36" x 24", 4 blade, stainless steel Steering: Wagner Hydraulic, with twin rams (Rebuilt 2008) Fuel Capacity: 1000 gals in two side tanks Fuel polishing/transfer system Fresh water: 125 gals in stainless steel tank Holding Tank: 95 gals Grey water: 40 gal with 110V pump

Electronics: Furuno Radar, Furuno 32 waas/gps, VHF radio Bilge alarm system Ritchie electronic compass Double navigation lights and alarm panel 12V electrical system, with 3000 watt inverter

Queen berth with under bed storage drawers. finished in tongue and grove pine Side hanging lockers (cedar lined) Head (manual Jabsco) with shower and stainless steel fold down sink (cedar lined) Full galley with settee that drops down for extra bed. Tundra 4.2 cu/ft 12/110 volt fridge Stainless steel sink Stainless steel Microwave/convection oven 11gal 110v/engine heated water heater

125lb Danforth anchor with 250 of chain Russel Bros manual windless New dingy davit with 12V winch 2010 Full complement of Transport Canada approved safety equipment Life jackets, life rings and certified raft, with safety lighting Full fire fighting system, inspected and certified Engine driven, hand operated and 110V fire pumps Engine driven and 110 volt bilge pumps Fresh complement of safety flares 2011 All required electronics, alarms and PA system BBQ on aft deck Fenders and deck lines

Vessel is located in southern Georgian Bay and is turnkey for work or pleasure. Can be lived aboard while operating passenger business

Price: 189,500.00 obo CDN Scruton Marine Services File No. PV2189


Photos by Steve Briggs July 4, 2015. Owen Sound harbour.
Owner Dave Robertson on stern looking at photographer. Click to enlarge.


R. A. Hoey Aug. 24, 2016. Photo by Shaun Vary.

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Tragedy strikes the Robertson family:
Police Recover Body of Missing Boater From Meaford's Harbour.

On Friday August 11, 2017, at approximately 12:20 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police underwater search and recovery unit recovered the body of a missing boater from Meaford's Harbour. Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had been investigating a report of a missing boater in the Meaford Harbour since Thursday night (August 10) when they had been told that a lone male had been seen lounging inside a seven-foot white dinghy in the harbour. Police say that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night witnesses had heard a splash in the water. The dinghy was observed overturned. There was no sign of the male who was described to be Caucasian, in his mid to late twenties.

The Canadian Coast Guard (Meaford), the OPP West Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT), OPP Marine Unit, and the Meaford Fire Department assisted in the search late Thursday night. On Friday morning an OPP boat continued to patrol the inner harbour area while awaiting the underwater search and recovery unit to arrive. Within minutes of entering the water, the OPP diver had located the body approximately 30 feet from the dinghy - which had remained in the harbour overnight and not far from the docks. The deceased had not been wearing a life-jacket.

The deceased has been identified as 26-year old Gary David Robertson of New Lowell, Ontario. The coroner attended the scene and, a post-mortem examination has been scheduled for August 12, 2017 in Owen Sound.


R.A. Hoey in Meaford, Ont., Mar. 11, 2018. Photo by Steve Briggs. Click to enlarge.


Who was R. A. Hoey?

Manitoba Farmer, MP (1922-1925), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936). Born at Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland on 12 September 1883, son of Alexander Hoey and Jane Beatty, he came to Canada in 1909 where he attended Wesley College (Winnipeg, BA). He became involved in the Manitoba farm movement and was appointed Field Secretary of the United Farmers of Manitoba in 1919. Two years later, he was elected to the House of Commons for Springfield, sitting until 1925. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for St. Clements in 1927 and was re-elected in 1932. During his tenure, he served as Minister of the Executive Council and Minister of Education (April 1927 to September 1936).

After his electoral defeat in 1936, he became Superintendent of Welfare and Training, Indian Affairs Branch, Department of Mines and Resources at Ottawa (December 1936 to March 1945), and Director of the Indian Affairs Branch (March 1945 to September 1948). He served on the Council for the North West Territories from 1946 to 1951. On 7 December 1917, he married Violet Ena Brett. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 15 November 1965. Source:


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