Trueman Gibbens, Superintindent of the Abitibi woods dept. 1922-1952.
Design #264 - Canadian List of Shipping 1956: T. Gibbens [C.177503] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1946. 81' 8 x 18' 2 x 6' 2; 103 g.t.; 32 n.t.; 180 hp. Owned by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Lake Abitibi Adventures Inc., Iroquois Falls, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Lake Abitibi Adventures Inc., Iroquois Falls, Ontario. Ivan Brookes Notes. Steel diesel warping tug [C.177503] T. Gibbens; registered at Owen Sound was built in 1946 by Russel Brothers Ltd. Dimensions: 81.8 x 18.2 x 6.2; 103 g.t; 32 n.t./ Fairbanks Morse diesel. Owned by Abitibi Power and Paper Co. Ltd., Toronto l946 - 1969. Still on Dominion List in 1970. See clipping file for photos. Stopped logging work in 1974. RBF Notes: Unofficial name change to Abitibi Adventure (Dan McKay). Being scrapped at Matheson, ON August 2004. Hull 615. RBF notes July 7th, 2006: "T. Gibbens has not been scrapped as the plan was two years ago. She was apparently sold before any major damage was done. She was still sitting in Matheson, ON as of today sporting new paint and flags. "
Shawn MacDonald has established a facebook group that is dedicated to the relocation and preservation of the T. Gibbens ship that was used by Abitibi Pulp and Paper Ltd. to haul logs across Lake Abitibi to the mill in Iroquois Falls. Built in 1946.
The Save the Gibbens committee had a meeting April 25 2017 and we decided to move the Gibbens in the middle of June instead of at the end of May. Weather and availability played a factor in this. We have to make sure conditions are just right for this undertaking.
T. Gibbens on the bottom. Matheson ON late April 2017. She was pumped out and refloated a few days later by volunteers. Photo courtesy Shawn MacDonald.
The Gibbens as of today May 16 2017. Sitting upright thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers. Photos courtesy Shawn MacDonald.
19 Jun 2017:
After months of preparation and planning the T. Gibbens was successfully returned to its home in Iroquois Falls Ontario. It was floated back down the Black River and Abitibi River from Matheson Ontario.
The Gibbens was built in 1946 in Owen Sound Ontario and was shipped by rail, re assembled in Lowbush east of Cochrane Ontario and used by Abitibi Price.