Russel Brothers Limited   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO   Steelcraft Boat Builders
Tanac V-209 to Tanac V-215

All went Overseas. Vessels of this class are used quite extensively in naval operations overseas and are also equipped with auxiliary fire-fighting apparatus whereby their services can be used in assisting to fight fires.

Owen Sound Daily Sun-Times, March 22, 1945: Two More Tugs For Royal Navy. Two more vessels to be eventually commissioned as tugs of His Majesty's navy slid down the ways into the water at the plant of Russel Brothers Limited on Wednesday afternoon, ceremonies suitable to the occasion being performed by Mrs. John Klassen, 8th avenue east, and Mrs. William O'Leary, 4th avenue east. The first boat to be launched, Tanac V-208, was released into the water by Mrs. Klassen, honor thus being done her husband, who is foreman of the fitting out department in the company's plant and who has twelve years of efficient and faithful service. Mrs. O'Leary released the second vessel, Tanac V-206, her husband being given due honor on this occasion for having served the company for fifteen years. Mr. O'Leary is at present Gang Foreman in the boat shop. Both these ladies on cutting the ribbons which held the tugs on dry land thus letting them slide into the water, asked for God's blessing on the vessels and on those who serve in them, carrying out their part in the ceremonies with both efficiency and grace. These boats will add two more to the large number already built in the Owen Sound plant for the British Government for service overseas in the Royal Navy.

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