Foundation Maritime

FOUNDATION MARITIME


THE GREEN AND WHITE STRIPED SMOKESTACKS OF FOUNDATION MARITIME TUGS WERE ONCE A FREQUENT SITE ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT.  

WHAT BEGAN AS AN OFFSHOOT OF A MONTREAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, FOUNDATION MARITIME BECAME A SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS INTEREST IN AND OF ITSELF WITH A FLEET OF TUGS HEADQUARTERED ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT.

IN ADDITION TO THE ROUTINE BUSINESS OF MANEUVERING LARGE SHIPS TO THEIR BIRTH, THE MORE EXCITING TIMES OF A TUGBOAT CAPTAIN AND CREW ARE IN THE RESCUE MISSIONS. AS SALVAGE TUGS,  THEY ARE RESPONDING TO VESSELS IN DISTRESS OFF THE HARSH ATLANTIC COAST.

THE LIFE ABOARD FOUNDATION MARITIME’S SALVAGE TUGS WAS IMMORTALIZED BY THE GREAT FARLEY MOWAT, FIRST IN HIS CLASSIC THE GREY SEAS UNDER AND LATER IN UNDER THE SERPENT’S COIL.

MOWAT LEARNED OF THE STORIES ABOARD THE FOUNDATION FRANKLIN WHILE HIS SCHOONER WAS MOORED ALONGSIDE OTHER FOUNDATION TUGS ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT IN THE 1950’S.

THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC PRESERVED FRANKLIN’S BRIDGE, ENGINE ROOM CLOCKS AND SHIPS BELL. THE BELL BEARS FRANKLIN’SORIGINAL NAME, HMS FRISKY AS IT WAS COMMISSIONED BY HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL NAVY.

FOUNDATION EVENTUALLY BECAME EASTERN CANADA TOWING (ECTUG) AND THEN SVITZER. IT HAD A PRESENCE ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT UNTIL 2011.

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