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Scottish Thistle

Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss On The Great Lakes (from 1870 to 1970) by A. Winkelmann: May 9, 1955 Eileen G., registered at Port Arthur [C.190222] 9.53 tons, Sank, Lat 46deg 28 N: Long. 83deg 27 W. Tunnel Island, Lake Huron. GAO Notes: Should read Tunnel Lake. The (Port Arthur) Daily Times Journal, May 9, 1955. Two Men Drown When Tug Sinks. Blind River - (CP) - Ted Thompson and Alex McKinnon, both of Blind River, were drowned today when their tug sank at Tunnel Lake near the Hydro Commission's Rayner dam north of Thessalon. Only survivor was Johnny Anderson, also of Blind River.

Bill Polnick (acquired the tug c. 2000 and towed her to Espanola to convert her to Scottish Thistle, eventually to end up in the Soo) notes: Was built in 1944 for the McFadden Lumber Co., Ltd., of Blind River. After the sinking it was raised by Harry Gamble and it was later renamed b] Blossom and later c] Scottish Thistle (unregistered).

 

Blossom getting towed by either Queensville or Decelles to Espanola Ont., where it would become Scottish Thistle.

Jimmy Polnick comments (July 2017): ...one day i got a call from my dad Bill... "Jim wake up we're going to Espenola to sand blast a tugboat..." *an hour later* "Well Jim, this is our new tugboat"... me - "what the... how? what???? do we get to race it???"

 

Scottish Thistle, Soo ON, (July 3, 2004)

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Scottish Thistle, Soo ON, (July 2, 2004)

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Scottish Thistle in front of Decelles, Soo ON, Aug. 2nd, 2002.

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Dan McKay Photos (Soo). Queensville and Scottish Thistle tow the Senica, 2007.
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Jimmy Polnick comments (July 25, 2017): "After years and years, we finally won the last tugboat race...so let it be known, Scottish Thistle = fastest -200 tug on the St. Mary's river, 3 years running."

 

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