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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Steelcraft [C.190426] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1945. 41'2 x 11 x 3'8; 13 g.t.; 11 n.t.; 143 hp. Owned by Wm J. Perks, Meaford, Ontario. Steel fishing tug Steelcraft [C.190426] built by Russel Bros. at Owen Sound in 1945. In commission. Shaun Vary Notes: Owned by M.N.R. Rebuilt at Gambles Shipyard, Port Dover in 1988-1989. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by The Minister of Natural Resources, Toronto. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, Ontario.

Shaun Vary notes: Here are two pictures of the Steelcraft. The b&w is at Kingsville in the 1960's, probably when owned by Elmer Simpson. The second photo shows her at Harry Gamble Shipyards in Port Dover. This is during her 1988 rebuild for the MNR. My family were commercial fishermen on Lake Erie, and we owned the "Steelcraft" at Port Stanley for a few years. I put in a few days aboard her in my youth.

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Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Great Lakes Vessels Online Index
Photo source http://ul.bgsu.edu/cgi-bin/xvsl2.cgi Item 006798

 


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1988 Gamble yard at Port Dover. Shaun Vary photo courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk.

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Sept. 21, 1993 at Glenora. Photo courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk. GAO notes: at the Fisheries station beside the Glenora/Adolphustown ferry landing. The fish tug behind her is NAYMAYCUSH.

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Nov. 19th, 2001 at Point Anne. Photo courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk.

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Nov. 19th, 2001 at Point Anne. Photo courtesy Gerry Ouderkirk.

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SV notes: Here is a model of the Steelcraft that I built several years ago. It is in my own collection. The model is waterline, and mostly constructed of bristol board. I started out at a very young age building model fish tugs out of cigarette packages. I later switched to bristol board, which was much easier. I can no longer purchase the proper grade of bristol board to build these type of models. I have switched to wood, plastic, and other materials as my main medium.

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