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Steel diesel tug [C.322311] built by Russel Brothers Ltd., Owen Sound as Hull 1215 and launched as Roberval in 1963. Owned by Price Bros. & Co. Ltd., Québec and registered at Port Alfred. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Compagnie Price Ltee., Québec. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Marine International Draggage Ltee., Sorel, Québec. RBF Notes: Listed 2004 on Scruton Marine for sale for just over a million canadian.

Listed on Scruton Marine: Jan. 25 2006.

80' x 21' x 9' Steel Single Screw Model Bow Tug Canadian Registry Built in 1963 by Russell Bros., Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 88.1 Gross Tons 60.15 Net Tons Draft - 9'7" Powered by Cat 398 (V12)- 1100 hp, rebuilt 1996, 580 hours c/w Caterpillar transmission 4 blade, 80" propeller Two (2) 24 KW generators Navigational Equipment Radar - JRC - JMA-312 (6" dia) Compass - Magnetic Master P150 Direction Finder - Russell Bros Model N43333 Winches - hydraulic - 1" cable Located in Québec Price $1,044,750 . RBF notes July 7th, 2006: "Name changed to PRINCESS MAJESTIC. I'm also pretty sure that she is sporting a new pilothouse as I'm almost positive that I saw the pilothouse sitting in a junk pile at the Marine Dragage Yard in Sorel last month."

 

Robert B. Farrow Collection.

 

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Gerry Ouderkirk archive: Owen Sound Sun - Times, Jan. 30th, 1964.

 

Tugboat Roberval owned by Price Brothers Co.(Now Consol) in 1998. The Roberval was sold in 1998 to Marine Int. Dragage for 100,000 $ but MID did not move the boat until September 2004, after a judiciary saga. The boat was transported to Grande-Anse, Qc and as far as I know she is still registered as a seaworthy ship. Photo by and courtesy of Guy Allard.
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René Beauchamp comments (Feb. 9, 2013): "I saw this small tug at Roberval, Lac St.Jean, QC in August 1967. Her work was to tow logbooms such as the one behind. It was probably a Sunday and the tug was at rest. This tug is still in existence under the name Princess Majestic but was never used in active service under that name."
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Mathieu Larochelle comments (Jan 02, 2009): "Part of tug Roberval arrived in Sorel-Tracy this summer, now owned by Marine International Dragage. She is now in refit on the ground, and her new name would be Princess Majestic. Take a look closely under the bow to see the system they took to put her on the barge..."
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Nov. 2007     source: http://www.lebulletinregional.com (french)

The hull of the decommissioned tug Roberval arrived in Chicoutimi Sun. Dec. 19th, after a long trip with police escort through the Saguenay / Lac St. Jean region. Marine Dragage of Sorel purchased the vessel in 1998, and the move was contracted to Les Déplacements Grenier de Thetford-Mines. The cab and funnel of the vessel had been dismantled first.

After completing its working life for Abitibi-Consolidated (log drives on Lac Saint-Jean), the tug was abandoned for years on the dock at Roberval. The municipality got an injunction inducing the Sorel company to move the tug. It was necessary to clear certain spaces and accesses before crossing the Lac Saint-Jean region. The fate of the hull is not yet certain, and it awaits further financial evaluation. Our photos are from Dec. 16, in the municipality of Desbiens in Lac-Saint-Jean. The destination is near boulevard Renaud.

Le remorqueur désaffecté Le Roberval a effectué son long périple sur les routes de la région, en arrivant, le dimanche 19 décembre, dans l’arrondissement Chicoutimi.

ROBERVAL— - / LBR / - Tout au long de son parcours, le bateau de 80 tonnes a été escorté par des policiers lui ouvrant la voie, pour des raisons évidentes de sécurité. L’entreprise ayant fait l'acquisition du bateau en 1998, Marine Industrie Dragage de Sorel, a confié la tâche spécialisée à Les Déplacements Grenier de Thetford-Mines. Il s’agit plutôt de sa partie principale du remorqueur, soit la coque; la cabine et la cheminée du navire avaient été démantelées au préalable. Après avoir terminé sa vie active pour Abitibi-Consolidated (flottage du bois sur le lac Saint-Jean), le remorqueur était abandonné depuis des années aux abords du quai de Roberval. Cette municipalité avait dû obtenir une injonction amenant l’entreprise de Sorel à prendre possession du remorqueur avant la Traversée du lac Saint-Jean. Il fallait libérer certains espaces et accès. L’acquéreur ne le destine finalement pas à l’usage prévu, après des évaluations financières du projet visé. Nos photos datent du 16 décembre, au Lac-Saint-Jean, dans le secteur de la municipalité de Desbiens. Le point d’arrivée est un terrain proche du boulevard Renaud.

 

René Beauchamp comments (June 2017): "Model of ROBERVAL I photographed while I was at Roberval last week. A special exhibit was going on at the marina illustrating navigation on Lac St-Jean over the years. A lot of very interesting vintage photos to be seen."
Histoire de la Navigation sur le lac Saint-Jean. En 1963, c'est le remorquer Le Roberval - Port-Alfred qui prendra la releve et ce, jusqu'en 1996. Le dernier des remorqueurs actifs sur le lac Saint-Jean possédait un moteur diesel développant 1200 forces. Il mesurait 23m de longueur et il pouvait atteindre une vitesse de 14 noeuds (26 km/h). Achete en 1998 par la Compagnie Marine Industrie Dragage de Sorel, il sers abandonné au quai de Roberval jusqu'en 2004. Apres plusieurs problemes de transport, il quittera finalement Roberval le 16 décembre 2004 pour un périple qui le mebera a Sorel. A cejour, il est maintenant connu sous le nom de Princess Majestic et il est toujours en fonction avec la Companie Marine International Dragage. Le Roberval - Port-Alfred marquera la fin d'une époque sur le lac Saint-Jean qui aura duré pres de 140 ans, celle de l'industrie maritime industrielle.
History of Navigation on Lake Saint-Jean. Built in 1963, Le Roberval - Port-Alfred tug worked until 1996. The last of the active tugs on Lac Saint-Jean had a 1200 hp diesel engine. It was 23m long and could reach a speed of 14 knots (26 km / h). Purchased in 1998 by the Compagnie Marine Industrie Dredging of Sorel, she was abandoned at the Roberval wharf until 2004. After several transport problems, she finally left Roberval on December 16, 2004 for Sorel, Qc. Now known as Princess Majestic, it is still in operation with the Marine International Dredging Company. The Roberval - Port-Alfred will mark the end of an era on Lac Saint-Jean that lasted nearly 140 years, that of the industrial maritime industry.

 

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