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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Norton Class Tug ALBERTON W48

Tug Aveiro (former Alberton)


Entered Service: 1944

Removed from Service: 1946/47

Fate: Broken up in 2008.


Built by Dominion Engineering Works Ltd., Lachine, QC, she was delivered to the RCN as ALBERTON (W48). In 1947 she was sold to the National Navigation Company, Sarl, Lisbon; re-named AVEIRO LX-11-RC and was employed in the port support service. In 2002 she was purchased by Fluvial and Coastal Shipping, Rui da Cruz and Julio de Cruz, Lda. In 2004 she was laid up and in 2005 transferred to Scrap recycling SA, Alhos Vedros.  In 2008 she was broken up.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers




     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Former Crew Members

Chaisson, Paul Emile, Skpr, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945

McCabe, John Joseph

Reynolds, Burton Cooke, Skpr, RCNR - 18 Apr 1945


Photos and Documents


Silver platter, part of a serving set, presented to Mrs. Stanley Cossey on the occasion of the naming and launching of the tug Alberton

Courtesy of Leigh Cossey


Click here to see a photo of the tray after polishing

Tug Aveiro painted in the colours of her new owners Fluvial and Coastal Shipping - 2002

Courtesy of Leigh Cossey