Steam Tug at Granville Island

Posted by Daniel on Jul 26, 2011 - 1 comment

The last steam-powered boat in Canada is tied up for the summer at Granville Island in Vancouver.

The S.S. Master was built in 1922 in False Creek, the last tugboat of its kind before diesel engines took over. For 37 years, until it was laid up in 1959, the wooden vessel worked the coast, towing log booms, gravel, limestone and whatever else needed moving from place to place.

The Master is lovingly cared for by members of a non-profit society who keep it freshly painted and in running order. Until September, visitors are welcome aboard on Saturdays or whenever a volunteer is around.