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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Robert W. [C.190027] registered at Toronto; built at Owen Sound in 1948. 56' x 16' x 8'3; 49 g.t.; 30 n.t.; 350 hp. Owned by Long Lac Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. GAO Notes: See clipping file for photo at Long Lac, Ontario by Capt. Maurice Spooner. Russel Brochure: pic. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Robert W [C.190027] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1948. 56'; 49 g.t. Canadian List of Shipping 1997: Steel tug Robert W. [C.190027] registered at Thunder Bay. Built at Owen Sound in 1948. 17m; 49 g.t.; 30 n.t. Owned by Thunder Bay Marine Services Ltd., Second Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5G5. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Thunder Bay Marine Services Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ontario.

 

From Canadian Transportation, May 1949.

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Matthew Carlson notes (Feb. 2017): A lady I was talking to a while ago on a local Thunder Bay based Facebook group posted this photo for me, her father was a captain on the logging tugs in Longlac, Ontario, and he took this photo of the Robert W. when she was brand new. Just assembled and ready to go in the water for her first time in Longlac.

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From Russel company brochure: STEELCRAFT TOWING.
Gerry Ouderkirk archive.

 

From Canadian Transportation, May 1949.
Gerry Ouderkirk archive.

Loading of the hull of the tug Robert W. on a C.N.R. flatcar for rail movement from Owen Sound to
destination. Required extreme care and thorough bracing as the above illustrations show.
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Robert W. in Longlake ON, 1951. Photo courtesy Don Loponen.
Don notes (June 15, 2017): I found this photo at the Longlac Historical Society. They are starting to digitalize their photos.

 

Robert W. probably 1960's. Don Loponen photos.

 

RBF notes: Robert W - (Thunder Bay, ON May 3, 2001)

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RBF notes: Robert W - (Thunder Bay, ON Nov. 10, 2004)

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SB notes: Robert W - (Thunder Bay, ON Sept. 2006)

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SB notes: Robert W - (Thunder Bay, ON Sept. 2006)

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Matthew Carlson notes (Feb. 2017): The Robert W. was originally designed to have a manned engineroom, the engineer would stand in between the engines waiting for orders on the telegraph for throttle, shifting gears (old style gearboxes like the one in Albert C.) and operating the winch. In the early 1970's they repowered the Robert W. with new engines and new hydraulic gearboxes, so with the new gearboxes they are able to be operated from the wheelhouse using a cable system. This is the new throttle system. There would have been a telegraph on that pedestal that the throttle levers are now, one more beside, and also one on the other side of the helm where the chair is.

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Matthew Carlson has supplied several blueprints for the Robert W....Click thumbnails to enlarge.
Telegraph Blueprint
Telegraph Parts List Engine Repeat and Warping Set Transmitter
Robert W. Deck Drawing showing location of dual telegraphs in the wheelhouse.
Engine Room Receiver Blueprint
Engine Room Receiver Blueprint Warping Set Assembly 4/18/46
Engine Repeater Blueprint
Engine Repeater Blueprint Oct. 31, 1946

 

April 6, 2017. Video by Matthew Carlson.

 

May 6, 2017. Video by Matthew Carlson.

 

Photo album by Matthew Carlson
See Facebook Album for photo annotations: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.221936008260177

 

Robert W. galley. July 2017. Photos by Matthew Carlson.

 

Robert W. (with Glenada on left photo) July 17, 2017. Photos by Matthew Carlson.

 

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