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Paul E. No. 1

Canadian List of Shipping 1956: E. A. Rockett [C.177427] registered at Halifax; built at Owen Sound in 1945. 73'1 x 20'1 x 7'6; 97 g.t.; 32 n.t.; 400 hp. Owned by New Brunswick international Paper Co., Montreal. Formerly W. A. C. 4. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug [C.177427] registered at Halifax. Built at Owen Sound and launched as a] W. A. C. No. 1945 1946. She measures 73'; 97 g.t. Renamed b] E. A. Rockett 1946 - 1976. Acquired by McKiel-Marine, Ltd. and renamed c] Paul E. No. 1 1976 19---. In commission. See clipping file for pic. Ownership changes: Canadian Government (1944 - 1945), New Brunswick International Paper Co., Ltd. Montreal, P.Q. Canada (1946- 1976), Allied Tug & Barge Services, Ltd. Windsor, Ont. Canada (1976- 1981), M.B.L. International Contractors, Inc., Windsor, Ont. Canada (1981- 1983), LeBrun Constructors, Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ont. Canada (1983 - ). Mac Mackay notes: The War Assets Corp needed tugs because it had rafts of surplus naval vessels to maintain, and move around in such ports as Shelburne, Halifax, Sydney, Sorel, Hamilton, etc., Some were to be sold for scrap, others for re-use, so WAC had to move the vessels from navy bases to layup yards, and look after them. WAC therefore took its pick of surplus naval tugs do this work. In some cases they then chartered the tugs to tug companies to actually run them, provide crews, etc., When the bulk of the surplus naval vessels had been sold, WAC then sold their tugs.

Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Great Lakes Vessels Online Index
Photo source http://ul.bgsu.edu/cgi-bin/xvsl2.cgi Item 007366

 

Paul E. No. 1 working for Allied Tug & Barge. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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The tug Paul E. No. 1 is seen in this photograph transiting downbound in the Welland Canal during the morning hours of April 20th, 1993. At the time it was taken she was sailing northbound in the canal below lock 1 destined for Hamilton Ontario, the home port of McKeil Marine Ltd., her owners.
Photo source http://www.wellandcanal.ca/shiparc/tugs/paule/paule.htm

 

Paul E. No. 1 in Toronto, 1994. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

 

Paul E. No. 1 in Sarnia, Nov. 6, 1995. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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The tug Carrol C 1 is seen in this photograph towing the spud barge Henry T and the tugs Paul E. No. 1 with Lac Vancouver upbound in the Welland Canal during the evening hours of August 11th, 2001. They were enroute from Hamilton to Alanburg on the Welland Canal to assist in the salvage of Windoc.
Photo source http://www.wellandcanal.ca/shiparc/nmpat/windocwreck/salvage03.htm

 

Mike Nicholls Photos from Boatnerd, top dated July 17, bottom Dec. 19th, 2001.

 

Paul E. No. 1 May 2006 moving the Canadian Provider out of the drydock.
Photo courtesy Shaun Vary.

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Departing the lakes by way of the New York State Barge Canal. McKeil sold two of its tugs (Glenevis and Paul E. No. 1) off-lakes. They went to Oswego and down the barge canal, rumoured to be headed for Caribbean owners. Their registers closed June 26, 2007.
source unknown, via boatnerd.com. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

 

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