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Eliza A. (I)

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Registry #1 150764 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1912 Eliza A. (I) Name 5
Name 2 1925c Tex (II) Name 6
Name 3 1939 Harris No. 6 Name 7
Name 4 1957 Pacific Yarder Name 8
Year Built 1912 Place Bremerton Area WA Country USA
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 50.3' x 10.3' x 5.3'
Builder (nk) Measurement (metric)
Hull Wood Displacement
Gross Tonnage 21 Type 1 Passenger Vessel
Registered Tonnage 14 Type 2 Tug
Engine 4nhp engine (1912) Engine Manufacture
Repower 60hp (Fairbanks Morse Co., Chicago IL USA) engine; 165hp engine Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign VCWX
Pendant  # Masters
In 1912 she was owned by the USN as a steam pinnace. In 1922 she was owned by Laurent F. Verbecker, Vancouver BC. In 1923 she was owned by Pacific & Northern Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1925 she was owned by Daniel & Mrs. D. Ragan, Vancouver BC. In 1926-1941 she was owned by Chellis L. Mathews, Vancouver BC. In 1941 she was owned by Pacific (Coyle) Navigation Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1942 she was owned by Harris Towing Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1957-1963 she was owned by Straits Towing Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1964-1965 she was owned by Francis W. Wright, Horseshoe Bay BC. In 1969 she was owned by John Bentzen, Duncan BC. In 1970-1971 she was owned by Hansen Towing Ltd., Campbell River BC.
Fate Registry closed Date
Named Features
Significance of Name
On February 9, 1930 with the name Tex, she was reported to have caught fire and sank in 600 feet of water in Howe Sound. A Captain Clarke representing the underwriters flew over the area and spotted the wreck. Pacific Salvage raised her using the barge Skookum. After inspection it was revealed that the vessel had been deliberately scuttled. The original owner disappeared before arrest. The wreck lay on the beach for a few years. In 1931 Pacific Salvage removed the 60hp Fairbanks Morse Co., Chicago IL USA engine and installed it in the tug Helac No. 1. Late in life she operated as a yarding tug at West Bay, Center Bay and Long Bay working for Straits Towing Co.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (1993); Canada List of Shipping; Photo Courtesy of Nauticapedia Collection; List of Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss in British Columbia and Coastal Waters Since 1897 (undated manuscript document);
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