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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Norton Class Tug RIVERTON W47


CFAV Riverton 1966

Photo taken from HMCS Ottawa 229


Entered Service: 1944

Removed from Service: 1979

Fate: Broken up in 2018


In 1944 she was built for the Royal Canadian Navy. The RCN employed her as a harbour tug at St. John's Newfoundland. In 1979 she was sold to Techno Maritime Lt., Sillery, QC. In 1982 she was sold to Techno-Navigation Ltd. Sillery, QC.  In 2018, after years of disuse, she was pulled ashore to be broken up.


Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell


Commanding Officers

Skpr/Lt, Abraham Richard Hallett, RCNR - 15 Apr 1944 - unk

Skpr/Lt Edgar Quinton, RCNR - 10 Jul 1945 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Hallett, Abraham Richard


1st Commanding Officer

Henderson, Frederick J.J.


Drafted to Riverton 26 Apr 1944 as Ch Skpr, RCNR, XO. Promoted to Skpr Lt, RCNR, 20 Mar 1945





Former Crew Members

Jardine, William Stanley, Wt (E), RCNR - 01 Apr 1944

Martin, Jay Archibald, Slt, RCNVR - 23 May 1945



Photos and Documents


HMC Tug RIVERTON W47 at St. John's, Newfoundland. HMC Tug Otterville is tied up astern of Riverton.

Courtesy of Bud Rose

Chrysler Girls' Club adopts HMCS Riverton

The Chatham Daily News - Friday, 09 Jun 1944

From the collection of Abraham Hallet

Courtesy of Sylvia Rose


Officers in the photo:  Lt Frank Gallop, RCNVR, Skipper Lt A.R. Hallet, CO of Riverton and Chief Lt F.J. Henderson, XO of Riverton

Techno St Laurent (former tug Riverton) - after 10 Years of languishing dockside at Gamble's in Port Colborne, ON she was pulled ashore on July 6, 2018 to be cut up.

Photographer Jeff Cameron

Courtesy of Leigh Cossey