Island Tug & Barge Limited

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Island Tug & Barge Limited

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  • Island Tug and Barge
  • Island Tug & Barge Ltd.

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1924 - 1970


Originally a Victoria-based towing company established by Harold Elworthy in 1924, the company acquired the large towing vessel Sudbury, a converted corvette, in 1954 that was BC’s most famous tug. It acquired another towing company, Young & Gore, in 1965 and Victoria Tug Company in 1958. McAllister Towing of Montreal purchased Island Tug in 1960 and then, in 1961, Griffiths Steamship Company. In 1969, Genstar Ltd. acquired Island Tug & Barge and in 1970 merged Vancouver Tug Boat Company and Island Tug to become Seaspan International.


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