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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Trent [C.179030] registered at Ottawa; built at Owen Sound in 1948. 42'7 x 125 x 6'; 25 g.t.; 17 n.t.; 135 hp. Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Trent [C.179030] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1948. 43'; 25 g.t.. Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. Canadian List of Shipping 1997: Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. Transport Canada List 2000: Steel tug Trent [C.179030] registered at Ottawa. Built by Russel Brothers Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario in l948. Dimensions: 13m x 3.8m x 1.8m; 24.82 g.t.; 16.88 n.t. ; 25 g.t. Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, Ont. Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by the Minister of Transport, Ottawa. The Kingston Whig-Standard, Friday, January 19, 1951, p 6: Photo & Culine. Tug Trent in Bobcaygeon Lock will ply 260 miles between Trenton and Georgian Bay on maintenance work.

NB: This tug was originally designed for tropical use and international export. Russel Bros. made 10 of this design for the French Government of Indo China (now known as Vietnam). Delivery of this order to Saigon began in Aug. 1947. The tugs could pull a barge up to 300 tons, and could run 95 hours on a full 700 gallon tank. A very full kit of spare engine parts was included with each tug. Three more of these tugs were supplied to French Equatorial Africa (Cameroon), later in 1947. The last example of this design is the Trent, built in 1948 and still used (2007) on the Rideau Canal in Ontario.

Oct. 2000. Photo courtesy of Gerry Ouderkirk, taken by Adam Zhelka.

 

Photo courtesy of Mac Mackay.

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Peterborough This Week - Fri. June 23rd, 2006.

(NOTE - the Missinaibi is indeed on the back of the buck, but it is not
the same design design as the Trent. They are not "sister ships".)
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Peterborough This Week - Fri. June 23rd, 2006.

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Paul Capel notes: "Prior to overhaul by 'Friends of the Trent'. "

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Rick Stout comments (April 19, 2017): Flooding the Trent Severn Waterway section above the Kirkfield Lock #36 today. Four vessels were dry docked in the section over the winter and were also launched for the 2017 season when the section was flooded. The 43 ft tug "Trent" is owned by Parks Canada and was built by Russel Brothers in Owen Sound in 1948. It's used for maintenance throughout the Trent Severn waterway from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario.

Orillia's Island Princess is 65 foot and was built in Port Dover Ont. in 1989. Captain Tom Gostick and his crew operate daily cruises from Orillia throughout the summer starting on May 20th. The 95 foot Kawartha Voyageur is based in Peterbrough Ont but operates five day overnight cruises between Big Chute and Lake Ontario on the Trent Severn Waterway as well as Lake Ontario to Ottawa on the Rideau Canal System. She was originally built in 1983 by McConnell Marine in Parry Sound Ontario and lengthened to maximum lock length in 1994. She is owned by Ontario Waterway Cruises in Orillia and is Skippered by Mark and John Ackert who's parents started Ontario Water Way cruises with the then smaller Trent Voyageur (Now the Serendipity Princess of Midland). The Kawartha Voyageur will start her first cruise in Rosedale on May 14th. The forth vessel in the section was a Parks Canada buoy tender powered barge also used throughout the system for Trent Severn Waterway maintenance.

Click to enlarge to 2048 pixels wide. All photos by Rick Stout Apr. 19, 2017.

 

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