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W. B. Murdina

Canadian List of Shipping 1956: W. B. Murdina [C.177507] registered at Owen Sound; built at Owen Sound in 1945. 27'3 x 7'5 x 3'; 4 g.t.; 3 n.t.; 30 hp. Owned by The KVP Co. Ltd., Espanola, Ontario. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug W. B. Murdina [C.177507] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1945. 27'; 4 g.t. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Owned by Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, Ottawa. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by Peter Haughton, Bristol, Québec.

RBF notes: Photographed in Bristol, QC, July 6, 2006.

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Peter Haughton writes (March 7, 2011): My wife Barbara and I have created a small museum on the logging industry on the Ottawa River. We have 3 Russel boats of which the Murdina is all original but is missing an anchor and the steering wheel. Also I’m trying to find information on the name W. B. Murdina. The Russel boat was originally purchased by the Brown Forest Industries Limited of Espanola, Ontario. nb - BFIL was originally the KVP Company (Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company) of Espanola. Name changed to Brown Forest Industries, Ltd. 4/1967.

 

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