Russel Brothers Limited   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO   Steelcraft Boat Builders
Aulneau / Torville

Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Aulneau [C.320944] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1956. 37; 13 g.t. Also carried in Canadian List of Shipping 1994 & 1997. Owned by The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa. GAO Notes: Owned by Roger Read and Michael Guy, of Toronto 1999 - 2005. Renamed Torville. Sold in 2005 to David Meyers. GAO Notes: Hull 1120.

Roger Read and Michael Guy bought Aulneau and converted her into a pleasure craft. Roger Read notes (Jan. 2007):
She was renamed Torville because the Coast Guard would not let us use her original name (Aulneau).
TOR for Toronto and VILLE for the Ville class.

Photos courtesy Roger Read. Click for 480 pixels wide.

The following are shots of the interior work I did on Aulneau.


Torville in Ottawa area June 2005. Photos courtesy Michael Guy.

Michael Guy notes (Jan. 2007): We understand the boat was built for the DOT. The hull number is 1120, built in 1956, the number 45 is stamped into the plating with a centre punch at bow and stern. Latterly she was used by the CCG at Lake of the Woods in buoy tending service. Roger and I bought her from Metal Craft Marine. She has since been sold to David Meyers of Oakville and is at present in the Bronte outer harbour marina. The Rideau canal system tug TAY, hull number 1121, is identical, down to the last nut and bolt, to Torville the day we bought her.


Torville builder's plate. Photo courtesy Michael Guy.


Torville in Ottawa 6/27/05. Photo courtesy Michael Guy.

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For sale 2005. Robert B. Farrow Collection.


Torville in Toronto, Jun 2005. Photo: Charlie Gibbons.
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Torville in Toronto, 3 Jun 2005. Photo: Roger Read. Uploaded by: Capt Bob [13-06-2005 22:24:48 EDT]


Torville in Toronto, 3 Jun 2005. Photo: Roger Read. Uploaded by: Capt Bob [13-06-2005 22:19:39 EDT]


Photos from the sale listing on captured April 20, 2017. 1956 40' x 10' Russel Brothers Tug Price $80,000 CDN Draft: 4.5' Cruising Speed: 7 knots Gross Tons: 12.58, Net Tons: 5.01 Powered by: Detroit Diesel 4-71 Transmission: Twin Disc 3:1 Radio, GPS, Radar, Depth Sounder, Compass Anchor winch Fuel Capacity: 1200 litres Accommodations: double berth, head, full galley Headroom: Wheelhouse and Galley 66?, Engine Room 46? Located in Southern Ontario


Photos from the kijiji listing of captured Nov. 7, 2017.

Tug Boat for Sale $65,000.00 40' by 10.5', powered by 471 Detroit Diesel. Includes depth sounder, GPS, radar & vhf radio.
Features double berth and complete galley. SS water & holding tanks, extended range fuel capacity.


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