Breton Industrial & Marine, Point Tupper NS

(formerly Strait of Canso Marine Railway Co.)

Most recent update: May 20, 2015.


The Strait of Canso Marine Railway Co., later just Canso Marine Railway Co., was a repair yard that was in operation at least as early as 1866.  It was acquired by Murray Osborne in 1970 and renamed Breton Industrial & Marine Ltd.  Osborne added a dry-dock and the fabrication capacity required to build ships and operated the yard until at least 1988.  See the site from the air on Google here: it is now occupied by McNally International, the marine construction company that was purchased by Weeks Marine in 2011.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Name Owner Type GT LOA Built Disposition

Built by Canso Marine Railway Co.

  313471 Patsy Leb.         1951 Closed 1984
  326738 Breton No. 1         1961 Suspended 2008

Built by Breton Industrial & Marine

  346536 Gulf Canso   Tank Barge 264 91 1973 Suspended 2009
  368950 A. P. A. No. 18 Atlantic Pilotage Auth. Pilot Boat 51 62 1974 Active
  368954 A. P. A. No. 20 Atlantic Pilotage Auth. Pilot Boat 51 62 1974 Active
  368999 A. P. A. No. 1 Atlantic Pilotage Auth. Pilot Boat 51 62 1976 Active
5 370575 Cape Harrison Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 322 124 1976 Later Louis M. Lauzier, now 2014-03
6 371740 Louisbourg Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 295 124 1977 Now 2013-03
  383324 Marinus   Fishing 122 62 1977 Later Cape Chelsea Enterprise, now Aqua Enterprise
  391614 Rose Croix           Closed 1996
  393018 Don Cadegan   Fishing 110 62 1979 Active
  393019 Helen M. Cadegan   Fishing 110 62 1980 Active
14   Bahamas Ranger   Landing Craft 271   1980 Later Bahama Ranger, now Princess Samiah (Panama)
  395542 Point Henry Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 77 66 1980 Sold 2012
  395543 Isle Rouge Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 77 66 1980 Now Never on Time
  800702 Breton Drydock No. 1 Breton Industries Drydock 1,559 218 1981 Active
  800747 Point Race Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 77 66 1982 Now 2011-04
  800748 Cape Hurd Canadian Coast Guard Patrol Boat 77 66 1982 Now 2014-01
19   Cavalier I   Landing Craft 371 160 1983 Later Hydra I 2003, now Highland Breeze (Honduras)
  803138 Tootsie           Closed 2010
21 806303 Partridge Island Canadian Coast Guard Buoy Tender 92 75 1985 Now 2005-07, sold 2009 to McNally Ind.
22 806304 Ile des Barques Canadian Coast Guard Buoy Tender 92 75 1985 Later 2008-02, sold 2009 as P'tit Saint-Pierre
23 806305 Ile Saint-Ours Canadian Coast Guard Buoy Tender 92 75 1986 Active
24 806306 Caribou Isle Canadian Coast Guard Buoy Tender 92 75 1985 Active
  808706 Marjorie Ralph   Fishing 26 35 1987 Now Christa Gail II
  813617 Breton II   Fishing 31 42 1986 Now Alert II
  819050 T. K. L. No. I   Barge 97 68 1988 Active