Ville-class tugboat CFAV Merrickville
|Operators:||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Displacement:||45 long tons (46 t)|
|Length:||19.5 m (64 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||4.72 m (15 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||2.74 m (9 ft 0 in)|
|Propulsion:||1 x steerable kort nozzle|
|Speed:||9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph)|
|Notes:||Bollard pull: 7.5 tons|
Canada operated a fleet of 17 ton tugs, built during the Second World War which were also called the Ville-class. The current vessels are named after those vessels. There is confusion that the current Ville-class design was based on the British Pup-class tugs. The original 17 ton version was based on that design, however the new Villes are an independent design.
The Ville class was designed as harbour tugs. They have a low-slung shape that is ideal for tight maneuvering and nudging exercises on larger ships. Their kort-nozzle allows for a greater bollard pull however it loses its pull at anything over 10 knots and loses speed in turns. The Ville class are 19.5 m (64 ft 0 in) long with a beam of 4.72 m (15 ft 6 in) and a draught of 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in).
Members of the class built on the east coast were given one Caterpillar 3406 diesel that provides 365 horsepower (272 kW) and Ville-class tugs built on the west coast were supplied with one Caterpillar D343 rated at 365 hp (272 kW). This power is directed towards a steerable kort nozzle which gives the class a speed of 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph).
|Lawrenceville||YTL 590||1974||Vito Steel & Barge Co.||CFB Esquimalt|
|Parksville||YTL 591||1974||Vito Steel & Bargo Co.||CFB Esquimalt|
|Listerville||YTL 592||1974||Georgetown Shipyard, P.E.I.||CFB Halifax|
|Merrickville||YTL 593||1974||Georgetown Shipyard, P.E.I.||CFB Halifax|
|Granville||YTL 594||1974||Georgetown Shipyard, P.E.I.||CFB Halifax|
Other auxiliary ships
The Royal Canadian Navy operates six other, larger tugboats, the 140-ton CFAV Tillicum, and five 250-ton Glen-class tugs, and two 140-ton Fire-class fireboats. The larger tugs are also split between both coasts.
- "Naval Tugs Built Since WWII". shipbuildinghistory.com. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Esquimalt Harbour". Canadian Department of National Defence. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2008.
Two VILLE (YTL) Class tugs - LAWRENCEVILLE and PARKSVILLE - 45 gross tons, fitted with steerable Kort Nozzle. Maximum bollard pull 7.5 tons.
- "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Ville class YTL Harbour Tug". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 13 February 2008.
- "Merrickville / Ann Marie". Russel Brothers Limited. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- John Moore, ed. (1981). Jane's Fighting Ships 1981-1982. London: Jane's Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 0-531-03977-3.
- "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.
- "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.
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