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Registry #1 156616 Registry #2 Registry #3
IMO# MMSI# VRN#
 
Name 1 1902 Alsterburg Name 5 1936 Island Gatherer
Name 2 1905 Walkure Name 6
Name 3 1921 William Dollar Name 7
Name 4 1930 Pacific Gatherer Name 8
 
Year Built 1902 Place Dumbarton Area Scotland Country UK
 
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 330' x 47' x 27'
Builder A. McMillan and Son Ltd. Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement 3037
Gross Tonnage 3234 Type 1 Freighter
Registered Tonnage 3234 Type 2 Barge, log
Engine Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Sail
Rebuilds In 1930 she was rebuilt as a log barge Call Sign MDFL;
Pendant  # Masters
 
Owner(s)
In 1902-1912 she was owned by A.G. Alster, Hamburg Germany. In 1912-1921 she was owned by H. Folsch & Co., Hamburg Germany. In 1921-1930 she was owned by the Canadian Robert Dollar Co., Vancouver BC. In 1930 she was owned by Pacific (Coyle) Navigation Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1936 she was owned by Island Tug & Barge Co., Victoria BC.
 
Fate Registry closed Date 1936-12-13
 
Named Features
Significance of Name
 
Anecdotes
On September 13, 1930 she became wedged under the bridge’s fixed centre span. The tide rose pushing the barge up under the span, knocking it off its supports. The span hung off one side before suddenly breaking free and sinking into the depths of Burrard Inlet. Lawsuits and the bankruptcy of the Bridge company delayed any attempt at repairs. The bridge remained closed for four years. Captain Fred MacFarlane, while in command of the Island Queen in Gordon Channel one mile west of Pine Island BC, with the barge Island Gatherer in tow on 13/12/1936 the tow line parted during a storm in Queen Charlotte Sound. The tug ran alongside the barge suffering damage. The crew lined the side with mattresses so that Captain J.R. Paulson on the barge with his family (wife and two children) could leap on board the Island Queen. She was in tow of the tug Island Queen when the winch on the barge broke and went overboard with the towline. By the time the towline was recovered and the barge crew rescued, the barge disappeared in the darkness and vanished.
 
References
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (1993); Fred Rogers, Qualicum Beach BC (Personal conversation 08/06/1998); Email Communication (Joe McMillan (South Australia) - Nauticapedia 28/10/2015); List of Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss in British Columbia and Coastal Waters Since 1897 (undated manuscript document); https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Narrows_Bridge
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2015-11-01

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