Fonds L44, L343, P986.035.0001-0010, 986.041.0003, 986.042.0003-0004 - Island Tug & Barge Limited Fonds

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Island Tug & Barge Limited Fonds

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CA MMBC L44, L343, P986.035.0001-0010, 986.041.0003, 986.042.0003-0004

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  • 1935-1936; 1950-1962 (Creation)

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1 v. -- 1.5 cm of textual records.

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Island Tug & Barge Limited (1924 - 1970)

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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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Fonds consists of:

Island Tug & Barge Limited brochure titled "Salvage Ships at Work", c. 1954. Consisting of photos of company vessels and salvaged vessels.

Pamphlet regarding the launching ceremony of Island Tug & Barge's Island Exporter, the world's largest deep-sea deck cargo barge, built by Yarrows, dated 9 June 1962.

Pencil drawings of vessels, two of which are Island Tug & Barge Christmas cards on the reverse.

Island Tug & Barge Limited cost breakdown sheets dating from 1950 to 1961.

Two letters from Lloyd's register of shipping, a letter from National Paper Products Company, and a blueprint drawing regarding the Island Tug & Barge barge Pacific Gatherer (being renamed to Island Gatherer), dating to 1935-1936.

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  • English

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.


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22 March 2018

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