Canadian National Tug no. 5

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Canadian National Tug no. 5
OwnerCanadian National Railway
LaunchedMay 8, 1930
General characteristics

Canadian National Tug no. 5, or CN Tug no. 5, was a tugboat owned and operated by the Canadian National Railway (CNR) company on Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. She was launched on May 8, 1930[1] and was a steel tug that pushed railway barges to the Okanagan Landing shipyard and railway connection to transport fruit.[2] By the 1950s and 1960s, CNR had three tugs: MV Pentowna, CN Tug no. 6, and CN Tug no. 5. Only one tug operated at a time, though two would be used in busy times, and each tug only pushed one barge. CNR's competitor on the lake, the Canadian Pacific Railway company, ran three tugs at a time, as well as many sternwheelers over the years, and each tug pushed two barges.[3] Although the date of CN Tug no. 5's retirement is unknown, CNR terminated barge service on the lake in 1973, retiring its last ship, CN Tug no. 6, due to the highways and other modes of transportation that had emerged by that time.[4]


  1. ^ "C.N. and C.P. Marine Service in Kelowna: Tug and Rail Barge History from a Kelowna Perspective". Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  2. ^ Hatfield, Harley R. (1992). "Commercial Boats of the Okanagan". Okanagan history. Fifty-sixth report of the Okanagan Historical Society. pp. 20–33. Retrieved 2 Aug 2015.
  3. ^ McKim, J. Claude (1984). "The Tug and Barge Service on Okanagan Lake". Forty-eighth annual report of the Okanagan Historical Society. p. 45. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  4. ^ Affleck, Edward L. Steamboating on the Columbia River System in British Columbia. Vancouver: Alexander Nicolls Press. 2002.