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Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« on: April 12, 2012, 20:23:44 »
Hi all,

Thought I'd crosspost this build from another forum (Mayhem members may recognize it).  It's a 1/32nd semi-scale model based off this family of three near-sisters built for the Abitibi Power and Paper Company in the 1930s.  Almost identical in length and beam, the Orient Bay and Nipigon were twin-screw 600bhp tugs built in sections, shipped to Lake Nipigon, Ontario and assembled for service there.  The Magpie was a single-screw 330bhp version built for service on Lake Superior.  The tugs towed booms of pulpwood logs for Abitibi up until the 1970s, at which point the company ceased its marine operations and sold them off.  I'd call it 'semi scale' as everything from the deckline down is based on modified hull lines from the free 'Hermes' plan floating around on the internet.  The real lines are not available any more.

Couple of 'beginning' shots:




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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 20:27:17 »
More progress:






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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 20:38:53 »
I decided not to paint it in Abitibi colours because all that spotless white would show just how bad of a builder I am.   :D  I'm using the colours of the Gravel and Lake tug company of Thunder Bay, Ontario, as the Abitibi boats were sold off to various operators on the lakes, and besides, it matches my other tug model.



Here's a couple photos from Boatnerd showing how immaculate the tugs were kept, and what the Nipigon looked like as she was being trucked down to Superior after being sold.  Note the Kort nozzles and flush-welded hull - these tugs were very modern for their time. 



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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 22:08:14 »
Nice looking boat you have there.
with best regards Cor
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 23:08:31 »
This is what his forum is all about. Thanks for posting and congratulations on a beautiful model......More please. angel
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012, 05:00:22 »
Excellent work, sir. And a good looking subject to start with.
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 07:23:38 »
Very impressive.

Some Trivia for you, which you may already know.

Gulf of Georgia Towing, out of Vancouver, brought three tugs out here from the East Coast back in the 60's.
The Abitibi and the Kam.

The Abitibi did little towing in these waters, but the Kam was upgraded and re-named Gulf Ivy.
She had a lot of ballast added to her to stop cavitation in ocean swells.
 
Later, as the Seaspan Explorer she was sold to Swiftsure Towing and renamed Swiftsure X.
She towed the logbarges Swiftsure Prince and Forest Prince.
They sold her after Swiftsure Towing was disbanded, the she was the Gulf Ivy once again.

A friend and I were interested in buying the Ivy back  in the late 80's, but that didn't happen. :(

The Ivy was a beautiful tug, for sure, with almost yacht-like accomidations.
She had a pair of English Electric Ruxton Diesels @ 1000hp each.

Well Done on your Model!!

Love to see more pictures and info.

Speaking of which, how do you post your pictures? External host?
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 10:03:52 »
Gee, Mike. Didn't know you had it in you. A very nice subject and interesting point of view. Well done.
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 12:35:28 »
Thank you very much for all the positive comments!  I have a few more photos to post later, showing the current status of the build.

Islander- thanks for the additional info.  I have a Photobucket account because it lets me store all my images in one place and share them easily without taking up space on forums.  I have a book on the Abitibi fleet, but it doesn't give much detail on the survivor's current dispositions.  I didn't know that the Kam was repowered on the west coast - originally she had only 900bhp, two Sulzer diesels i believe.  She was a bit too big in 1/32nd scale for me now... but maybe someday...

Tugs53- That is such a gorgeous painting.  I can paint, but not that well.  A moment of envy is in order.  :)
Motors are Johnsons with water cooling just for kicks; they draw about 2.6 amps at full revs spinning 50mm propellers.  RPM is about 5000 @ 12volts, I think, although the serial number on the motors led me to a spec sheet that said 10,000.  I have a Sabretooth 2x12 mixer/controller because i only have a two channel radio at the moment.  When I upgrade I will switch it to double-controller mode with independant throttles.  Still waiting on a lake-test, hopefully if the weather's good this weekend I'll get out. 

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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 07:56:30 »
Thanks!!

I did another one of the Ivy, but can't find a picture of it.

The Abitibi is a charter boat in Vancouver now.

http://vancouvercruises.com/theboats/abitibi.cfm

The Ivy

http://www.wellandcanal.ca/salties/tugs/gulfivy/ivy.htm

..then, oh my, what did they do :'(

http://www.wellandcanal.ca/salties/tugs/elconquistador/conquistador.htm

I must be getting old....I just remembered I have a photobucket account ;D ;D

Thanks for reminding me!!!
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012, 09:00:55 »
Your model looks great.

Unusual to see a single rudder and twin props, but not unheard of.
She handles well though?

Look forward to more photos.

Is this tug a sistership, or very close in design?


W.I. SCOTT PURVIS 063011 by mile27, on Flickr


Tug Parade Entering the Mac 6-27-08 by Wordy Nerdy, on Flickr


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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 14:15:28 »
Sudbury-  Identical sistership, actually.  I am using the GA plans for the 'Magpie', which is now the Ivan Purvis, the top tug in the second photo.  The Scott Purvis is the ex-Orient Bay, differing only in having two screws.  My model is not accurate as I could not get the exact lines plans and there are almost no good photos of the underwater portion of the hull.   ??? 

Tugs-  Found a video of someone's model of the Abitibi.  I believe this gentleman lives out in Nova Scotia. 
  I wonder what, if any plans he used.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws9vSLSYSrA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws9vSLSYSrA</a>
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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 14:18:53 »
more pics:







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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2012, 14:39:37 »
Geez your model looks good!!

That video; not too bad a crash actually.
Seen worse ;) ;)
The Abatibi model is a dandy also.



Thanks for posting the pictures.


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Re: Motor tug "Magpie/Orient Bay/Nipigon"
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2012, 15:49:40 »
Good detail.

The figure on the front deck is perfect.
MIKE