Glen-class tug (1975)

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Glendale and Glendyne at Esquimalt
Glendale and Glendyne at CFB Esquimalt with Fisgard Lighthouse in background
Class overview
Name: Glen class
Operators:  Royal Canadian Navy
Built: 1975–1977
In commission: 1975–present
Completed: 5
Active: 5
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 250 long tons (254 t)
Length: 28.95 m (95 ft 0 in)
Beam: 9.29 m (30 ft 6 in)
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 6-10
Armament: None
Notes: Bollard pull : 19 tons

The Glen-class tug is a class of naval tugboat operated by the Royal Canadian Navy.[1]


The five vessels are divided between the two fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy, with three assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic, based at CFB Halifax and two assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific, homeported at CFB Esquimalt.[2][3]

Maritime Forces Pacific, CFB Esquimalt[edit]

Maritime Forces Atlantic, CFB Halifax[edit]

Tug boat tug[edit]

On 15 September 2012, a Halifax, Nova Scotia charity, The Awesome Foundation, arranged to have "160 ton" navy tugboats participate in a fund-raising event.[4] Two teams of 100 volunteers each competed in trying to tug a tugboat.

Other tugs[edit]

The Canadian Forces operates six other smaller tugboats, the 140-ton CFAV Tillicum, and five 45-ton Ville-class tugs.[5] The smaller tugs are also split between both coasts.

While the Glen-class tugs are equipped for firefighting, the Canadian Forces maintained a pair of dedicated Fire-class fireboats, the 140-ton Firebrand and Firebird, one each in each port.[6] The crews of the fireboats are cross-trained and able to crew a Glen-class vessel in emergencies. However, Firebird on the east coast was taken out of service and prepared for disposal.[7]

The Royal Canadian Navy operated a fleet of tugboats during the Second World War which were also named the Glen class.[3] The vessels of the current Glen class are each named after one of the vessels of the earlier class. The vessels of the earlier class were sold off into civilian service, with Glenevis still in civilian service as late as 2007, and Glencove still currently operating on the Pacific Coast as Glen Rover.

On 4 December 2012 the Department of National Defence published an enquiry for Canadian shipbuilders interested in building replacements for the Glen class tugs¸ and Fire-class fireboats.[8][9] A single class would replace both the tugs and the fireboats, and would be operated by civilian crews. The replacement vessels would have water cannons that could be controlled remotely, by a single individual. The replacement vessels would have bollard pull of 40 tons. The replacement vessels would be limited to 33 metres or less, and limited to a draft of 6 metres or less. Since their intended role would be harbour duties, they would have limited range and crew berthing capacity.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Directory of tugs of the Glen class" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Esquimalt Harbour". Canadian Department of National Defence. July 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-13. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Glen class YTB Tractor Tug". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  4. ^ Allison Saunders (2012-09-15). "Heave-ho, Halifax: The Awesome Foundation presents the craziest tug of war ever. HFX TUG, you against a 160 tonne tugboat". The Coast. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. The challenge? See which team boasts more brawn when the horn blasts. It'll be a best of three competition to see who gets their tug closest to the dock the quickest. It's quite possible that this will be the first tugboat tug of war, ever. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Ville class YTL Harbour Tug". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Fire class YTR Rescue Boats". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Navy fireboat shut down". Chronicle-Herald. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Future CF Harbour Tugs – The Naval Large Tug Construction Project: Replacing the CF Glen and Fire Class Large Tugs – MERX P&A Notice". Canadian American Strategic Review. 2012-12-04. Archived from the original on 2012-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Future CF Harbour Tugs – The Naval Large Tug Construction Project". Canadian American Strategic Review. August 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-06. Note that the Naval Large Tug Construction Project is not part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Under Section 10 of the NSPS Umbrella Agreement, ships displacing less than 1,000 tonnes must go to competition outside NSPS-contracted shipyards. That was meant to spread the Federal spending among the smaller yards. That sounds good but DND wants all six Naval Large Tugs to be built by a single yard. So much for spreading it around. 

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