1. Keewatin works it way up the Narrows this morning.
Built in 1974 by Yarrows Ltd in Esquimalt, BC, the tug is a triple screw shallow draft vessel, designed to work in the arctic.
[SINCE WRITING THIS I HAVE RECEIVED A WELCOME CORRECTION. After completion by Yarrows, the tug sailed from Esquimalt, via the Panama Canal to Churchill, and worked with her barges on the western shores of Hudson's Bay.]
It first arrived in Halifax in 2002 from Rankin Inlet. It worked on the Great Lakes in 2003 and 2004, but was back in Halifax later that year. It often worked with Atlantic Towing Ltd and was seen with their barges in tow.
It was reported laid up in Mount Carmel, Newfoundland for time, so it is good to see the handsome tug back in Halifax.
2. The tug moves alongside its barge off Fairview Cove.
On the barge's deck were several carefully placed pedestals bearing the name of Belmire, a Quebec based heavy lift and rigging company.