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Lorne

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Registry #1 094809 Registry #2 Registry #3
IMO# MMSI# VRN#
 
Name 1 1889 Lorne Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
 
Year Built 1889 Place Victoria Area BC Country Canada
 
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 151.0' x 26.0' x 13.2'
Builder Middlemas and Boole Measurement (metric)
Hull Wood Displacement 159
Gross Tonnage 288 Type 1 Tug
Registered Tonnage 159 Type 2 Barge
Engine 138nhp triple expansion steam cylinder engine Engine Manufacture
Repower Non=powered after engine removed before 1944 Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds In 1917-1919 she was rebuilt. In 1937 her engines were removed and she was converted to a bargeby British Columbia Marine Engineering and Shipbuilding. . She was eventually hulked as a breakwater. Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters
 
Owner(s)
In 1889-1904 she was owned by Mrs. J.O.Dunsmuir, Victoria BC. In 1904-1914 she was owned by the Puget Sound Tug Boat Co. (subsidiary of the Vancouver Tug Boat Co.) In 1914-1917 she was owned by Alexander McDermott. In 1917-1921 she was owned by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. In 1921-1925 she was owned by the Hecate Strait Towing Co. She was owned by Puget Sound Tug Boat Company but registered to the Vancouver Tug Boat Co., Vancouver BC. In 1927-1931 she was owned by Pacific Navigation Co. In 1931-1937 she was owned by Pacific (Coyle) Navigation Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1937 she was owned by Shaeffer-Haggart Co. In 1939-1979 she was owned as a barge by Dominion Tug & Barge Co. Vancouver BC.
 
Fate Registry closed Date
 
Named Features
Significance of Name
 
Anecdotes
She was first registered in Victoria in 1889. On 30/08/1914 she was stranded with the barge America in tow on Kanaka Bay, San Juan Island WA USA. In 1926 she broke all records for the Queen Charlotte Islands log trade taking a Davis raft with 1,000,000 feet of logs 70 miles across Hecate Strait in 15 hours. The tug Lorne and barge Pacific Gatherer together were involved in a spectacular accident in September of 1930. Fast and unpredictable tide caused problems with the tow. With the captain slowing the tug down, the two vessels collided side by side and went into the Second Narrows Bridge. C.H. Cates Towing was dispatched, but their strong fleet made no headway. As the tide came in, the tug and barge slowing rose up and caused the bridge span to come off its foundation. The bridge was plunged into the water.
 
References
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (1993); Canada List of Shipping (1898); The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (Page 3361); David R.P. Guay (2016); List of Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss in British Columbia and Coastal Waters Since 1897 (undated manuscript document);
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2016-08-23

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