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ISLAND ROVER

Built in 1910, by G.H. Hopkins at Howe Sound, British Columbia as the Hopkins for in-house use.

In 1920, the tug was acquired by Catherine Higman of Vancouver, British Columbia. Where she retained her name.

In 1925, she was acquired by William Gardner of Victoria, British Columbia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1926, the tug was acquired by Island Tug and Barge Limited of Vancouver, British Columbia. Where the tug was renamed as the Island Rover.

In 1960, Island Tug and Barge was acquired by McAllister Towing of New York, New York. Where the company became a subsidiary of McAllister Towing Limited Montreal of Montreal. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1965, the tug was acquired by A. Bentzen of Duncan, British Columbia. Where she was renamed as the Rover No.1 .

In 1978, she was acquired by Rover Holdings Limited of Cobble Hill, British Columbia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1995, the tug was acquired by T. Mitchell of Cowichan Bay, British Columbia. Where she retained her name.

On May 8, 2005, the tug went aground and sank in Genoa Bay, British Columbia. She was later raised and scrapped at Nanaimo, British Columbia.

She was a single screw tug rated at 240 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: ISLAND ROVER
  • USCG Doc. No.: C130294
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: G.H. HOPKINS
  • Year Built: 1910
  • Length: 61.6
  • Hull Depth: 8.0
  • Hull Breadth: 17.6
  • Gross Tonnage: 61
  • Net Tonnage: 26
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Hopkins, Island Rover, Rover No.1,
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Capt G.H. Hopkins, Island Tug and Barge Ltd., McAllister Towing Ltd. of Montreal, A. Bentzen, Rover Holdings Ltd, T. Mitchell