One More Stop

When I left the Welland Canal, I left a few loose ends. A bad navigational idea caused me to miss two freighters at the end, and I got lost twice in the Ontario farmland trying to find my way out. I finally found Port Colborne again and got on Highway 3. Highway 3 is actually a country backroad that follows Lake Erie as far west as somewhere near St. Thomas. Well I’ll continue to hunt those two freighters I missed. Highway 3 took me west by way of Nanticoke, an small Ontario port that sits next door to Port Dover. That’s my stop.

Port Dover is the largest inland fishery in North America, and I pulled in at about 4 PM eager to see what was up.

When I arrived, the big fish tug Mr. Minor was backing out of the river, except she was heading into a marina.

Kayloe is the vessel that does the harbor tours here.

The old fish tug Almidart is now a museum piece.

Around Scruton Marine, the old fish tug Dover Rose was sitting high and dry, looking a bit forlorn.

This small crane barge was sitting at Scruton’s dock.

From left to right: Lef-Dover (private tug), Silt-Master (fish tug) and Amy Krysta (pleasure craft).

This cute little tug was hauled out of the water.

Loganville is a small Russel Brothers “ville” class tug built for the Canadian Navy. See more of Loganville here.

C.S. Powell is a passenger vessel, but appears to be for charters only (as opposed to regular harbor tours like Kayloe)

One side of the river is lined by Gamble’s boneyard, a place where old tugs have gathered and stayed. Jiggs is the largest of them.

This rusty hulk is J.A. Cornett.

Vary Brothers seems to be in better shape than the rest of them.

Here is another Russel “ville” class, named Nedelec. She has fallen into Gamble’s hands and is looking quite awful. More photos of her here.

On the left here is the fish tug John D. and on the right is the workboat Hamilton Trader.

Two more boats at Gamble’s: what appears to be a passenger vessel on the right, and Vulcan II on the left.

River Runner is a third (operating) passenger vessel, operated by the same company as Kayloe.

Nimbi is a cute private tug.

Seen here in the Nadro Marine yard is their crewboat Intrepid III.

Intrepid III is for sale, as Nadro has no use for her.

She doesn’t look as bad as I thought she would, actually.

Vac, a former fish tug, is one of Nadro’s busiest tugs (but all their tugs are very busy).

Seahound is right next to Vac, looking pretty as always.

Bob’n appears to be a spare-time project for Nadro. Much thanks go to Nadro Marine for allowing me access to their yard.

Further down the harbor near the CG station, this hulk sits on blocks.

I have absolutely no idea what it could be but it looks pretty cool.

Fish tug Dover Clipper is high and dry.

CCGS Cape Lambton is at the Coast Guard Station.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has a research vessel on each Great Lake besides Michigan. Erie Explorer represents Lake Erie in that fleet.

BB Miller is just another fish tug.

This is the local dive tug Alex B.

Angler is hauled out but looking fresh.

Donna-F is classy-looking.

R&G provides a good look from the stern.

Ironfish is probably my favorite of the fish tugs in port on Tuesday.

But T James T is nice too.

The old carferry Amherst Islander somehow ended up in Port Dover and has been sitting here for years. Her new owner appears to be Townsend Lumber Mills, but I have no clue what their plans are.

To close out this trip, Songa Sapphire is anchored off Nanticoke waiting for Algonova to leave port. Songa Sapphire is a saltie tanker.

Last bur not least, Algosar, who I caught earlier in the day at Lock Seven, was anchored off Nanticoke as well.

That closes out my Toronto/Hamilton/Welland/Port Dover trip for this summer. I will be doing more gallivanting later this summer, but for now, back to my rivers!

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11 thoughts on “One More Stop

    • Thanks Will, but in all honesty there are some fish tug junkies here on Lake Erie who have photos of every fish tug in Ontario. They do seem like really unusual, almost mysterious, boats.

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  3. Hello, enjoyed your tour toronto to dover, I am wondering if you have any info on small work boats plying the 30000 island area. I have a keen interest in making contact. Any info or direction you can send would be greatly appreciated.
    Brent Dixon

    • The 30,000 Island area is one that I know very little about, unfortunately. I’ve been meaning to get there for years but never have yet, so I can’t tell you much. Sorry :(

  4. Hi Issac,

    Enjoyed your boat pics.
    I am trying to locate a boat in Lake erie area (Port Stanley would be ideal) for a charter.

    Should be about 50′ and laid out like your Alex B Dive Tug boat. We would need to weld some gear to the deck so more of a work than pleasure boat.

    Charter with Captain and helper for 3-4 weeks Sept 2014.

    Wonder if you have any ideas ?

    Thanks Glen

    • Hi Glen, thanks for putting in the inquiry, but unfortunately that is not an area I’m familiar with so I don’t really know of any boats there that might be of use. Perhaps contact Nadro Marine, they may not have a vessel to fit your needs but there’s a chance they could point you toward somebody who does

      Sorry I couldn’t be of any more help.

  5. My dad’s boat was the tug Jiggs for many years, I am saddened by how the Jiggs looks right now and just sitting there. My dad took great pride in his boat and this would break his heart seeing the Jiggs in this condition :( I’m not sure where the Jiggs is at this time and I wish I could I could bring it back to Erie where it belongs with our family at the public dock in Erie, Pa. From what I read it is at the gambles boat yard. Harry Gamble and my dad were very good friends and it’s too bad it had to end like this. We buried my father at the public dock in the bay in Erie, Pa and in Port Dover Canada where he enjoyed going too…to see all his Canadian friends, sad they turned their backs on a great and kind hearted man. Your loss

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