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tugs53

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'Escort Protector'
« on: May 03, 2009, 10:14:13 »
Back in the 80's, there was a large (by our standards) Supply-Tug running around the coast here in BC Canada named the 'Escort Protector'.

Her owner at that time has visions of her being a tanker escort vessel, but that seemingly didn't happen, so she spent some time pulling log- barges for RivTow Marine.

It was quite the site to see this great 'Yellow' vessel :o :o

I used to have some pics (on paper) of her, but they were lent out, and never came back >:( >:(

Anyone have any shots of her??

I recall she was built as the 'Lady .......', here in Canada; and where she went after 1990 is a mystery to me.
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Re: 'Escort Protector'
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 20:20:23 »
....................Hows this its a scan pic Escort Protector..xHercules..xArctic Pelly ..x?????.she is 1of 4 John Spence..McKeil Marine 1994--current...xArctic Tuktu..xMary B VI 83--94..xMary B..xMary B V 72--81...I have no clue as to what,where the other 2 are doing.I worked with a Master long time ago who sailed as Master on the Pelly in the Arctic for ATL and the nickname from the crews were the dog boats as they rolled like dogs.................Paul

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Re: 'Escort Protector'
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 00:12:27 »
If you look at the end of page 9 on the following link there is a bit of info on her, hope this is of some help, Regards, Dan.

http://www.marcon.com/library/market_reports/2002/supply_boat/su07-02.pdf
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Re: 'Escort Protector'
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 07:00:07 »
Thanks Paul and Dan:

That's definitely the one.
The first time I saw her was in Ladysmith where she arrived in the middle of the night with one of RivTow's smaller log barges.
I had a waterfront house at that time, and the log barges would (and still do) dump directly in front of my old place.
When daybreak came, there were cars lined up near the beach access, and dozens of folks with camera's and binoculars, wondering "what the heck kinda tug is that??" ;D ;D as few people around there had ever seen a Supply-Tug before, let alone a bright yellow one.
 A photo of her even appeared in the local paper that week.
The best one though was seeing her once leave Crofton with three empty chip barges; two were bright green (RivTow), and one bright orange (Crown Forest), on a bright sunny day.
At 181 feet long, she was equal in length to each of the barges. ???
A very 'Colorful' sight indeed:o :o

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« Last Edit: May 04, 2009, 15:36:25 by tugs53 »
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