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Registry #1 126078 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1908 Steel Head Name 5
Name 2 1919 Achates (I) Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1908 Place Vancouver Area BC Country Canada
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 100.0' x 22.9' x 11.5'
Builder H.H. Allen Measurement (metric)
Hull Wood Displacement 209
Gross Tonnage 187 Type 1 Tug
Registered Tonnage 49 Type 2
Engine 48hp engine (1931c) Engine Manufacture
Repower In 1925 she was converted to oil. Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign VGKP
Pendant  # Masters Captain Maurice L. Evans (1908);
In 1908 she was owned by Greer & Coyle Towing. In 1917-1920 she was owned by the Achates Tow Boat Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1930-1931 she was owned by Pacific (Coyle) Navigation Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC.
Fate Registry closed Date 1930-06-07
Named Features
Significance of Name In the Aeneid, Achates ("good, faithful Achates", fidus Achates as he was called) was a close friend of Aeneas; his name became a by-word for an intimate companion.
On 09/04/1908 she suffered a fire at Parsley Island in Howe Sound BC. In 1925 she was converted to oil. In 08/06/1930 she burned at Gowland Harbour, Quadra Island BC. Her steam engine and condenser was originally from HMS Alegrine and was salvaged by diver John Pieters.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (1993); Canada List of Shipping; Photo Courtesy of Nauticapedia Collection; A.C. (Fred) Rogers (2003) Historic Divers of British Columbia; List of Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss in British Columbia and Coastal Waters Since 1897 (undated manuscript document);
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