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Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Rapide des Coeurs [C.188897] registered at Montreal. Built at Owen Sound in 1944. 34'; 10 g.t. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Compagnie Du Flottage Du St. Maurice Ltee., Trois Rivieres, Québec. Transport Canada List 2003: Renamed OC 34 Owned by Le Groupe Ocean Inc., Québec City.

Here is a 4.5 minute silent video of the St. Maurice River jammed with timber in Québec, Canada.
At 1:50, we see Russel boats ploughing through, and shoving timber over the dam at Rapide Blanc.
There is a thrilling bow point of view as the tugs near the top of the chute! 4:23, wmv.
WMV source: British Pathe PLC https://www.britishpathe.com/product_display.php?searchword=St+Maurice
LO RES 4.5 megs     HI RES 17 megs
Yves Cloutier notes: The Henry Sorgius and the Rapide-Blanc operated on the La Trenche Reservoir.
The Amisk, the La Trenche, The Flamand, The Coucoucache and The Rapide-des-Coeurs were on
the Rapide-Blanc reservoir. There is only 14 mile road between Rapide-Blanc and La Trenche.

 

The Life of the Rapide des Coeurs
on the St-Maurice River

Notes by Yves Cloutier, photos from Rejean Boisvert

The Rapide des Coeurs with it's first cabin in 1948. The Coucoucache is behind, both tugs were converted and remotorised at the same time in 1952 and in the late 70's.

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From the Archives of the CN...

1952, after a new cabin, engine (4 cylinder Cummins) and transmission were installed by my father Roger Cloutier.

Last picture, the Rapide des Coeurs with new windows, and a noisy but compact Cummins V8. Seen here cleaning the River at Shawinigan. When the V8 was installed, the boat got the nickname "Le ravageur du St-Maurice". The V8 Sound was very different from the 6 of all the other boats in service on the Rapide-Blanc Reservoir. Rapide des Coeurs was a bit shorter and less stable than the other boats based at Rapide-Blanc. She spent 44 years on the reservoir. After being remotorised the boat was often moved where it's services were needed and was used at Grande Piles and Shawinigan.

Rapide des Coeurs last moment on the St-Maurice on Oct 21, 1998 after 64 years of service on the River. I think the STMRD had it's money's worth with this one and the Coucoucache. Still pulling itself on the flatbed truck . Destination Québec the new and current owner, Le Groupe Océan. Notice the hull...no more logs to keep it clean!

 

 

Rapide-des-Coeurs and Rapide Blanc, still working together 55 years after the arrival of Rapide-Blanc along with Henry Sorgius and La Trenche sister ships at Rapide-Blanc in 1951. Now working on repair works on the St-Laurence River. Shot in Montréal 16 July 2006 at le Pont de l'ile Charon.

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Rapide-des-Coeurs shot in Montréal 16 July 2006 at le Pont de l'ile Charon.

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Rapide-des-Coeurs shot in Montréal 16 July 2006 at le Pont de l'ile Charon.

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Coucoucache and OC-34 (Rapide Des Coeurs) in Québec City, Aug. 1, 2007.

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YC notes: "The OC 34 (Rapide des Coeurs) freshly painted, very well maintained
by Le Groupe Ocean." Québec City, Aug.10, 2007. Photo courtesy Yves Cloutier.

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YC notes: "The famous Rapide-des-Coeurs, where a dam is being built, the picture was taken on the Hydro Québec site. The Rapid is located a couple of miles from Windigo (top right of the picture) and will be history by next year!"

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