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    Posted: 15 July 2009 at 2:35am
I own an RCAF Seaplane tender. 38 ft version of 37 1/2 ftr
It has been in my family for 4o years. How do I attach Photos to be viewed in Forum
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Hello 'Lawrence' - Welcome aboard, I hope that you enjoy your trip.
 
Posting of Images -
After 'signing in', 'click' the 'Post Reply' button (not the 'quick reply' button)
This will open a Panel that shows a row of navigating buttons (that begins with an ABC and tick). Further along you will see a button with a tree - click that - this will open a further Panel - 'click' the Browse button - this should open your images album - select the image that you require and click 'Upload' (Images must be smaller than 50kb)
Any problems - please PM 'Pioneer'
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Hi All,
I have sent 3 pics of my boat ,now named "Nahanni". The 1st pic was taken around 1960 near Port Alberni, about 40 miles fron Ucluelet. The exterior of the boat is near original, although she had been repowered to a single 6LW Gardiner and custom twin disc gear box.   Soon after this pic was taken , the original cabin was removed and replaced with the one shown in the next picture which is how she looks today.  The last picture was taken during WW2 while serving at RCAF Station Ucluelet.  This was a seaplane base on the very western edge of Canada.
 I have been lucky in efforts to discover the history of the Nahanni, but have not been able to discover the builder.  I do Know that it was built in 1941  and went into service directly to Ucluelet.
I was amazed to discover that she was an original Ucluelet boat and had spent 99% of her life within 40 miles of here in Barclay Sound and Port Alberni
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Ok The order is wrong. The 1st pic is 1942
the 2nd is 1960
3rd is now
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Hi Lawrence,
 
Many thanks for the great pics,
 
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Very interesting, thank you for sharing this. Two of the standard 200 series British Power Boat Seaplane Tenders built at Hythe were delivered to the RCAF in 1935 and became M157 and M158. These gave rise to the Canadian built boats which were slightly larger and were powered by twin Chrysler or twin Buchanan 120hp petrol engines, unfortunately no further details are known. This info is from RAF Marine Craft Directory vol III. It is interesting to note the differences between these and the UK built boats, the major difference seems to be the horizontal external layer of topsides planking, a feature of some other UK WW2 designs built on the other side of the Atlantic e.g. the US built HDMLs.
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The side planking is 5/8 thick mahogany on fir battens and sawn ok frames. The hull bottom is one layer diagonal and one layer longitudinal each about 5/8 " thick. The decks wee originally diagonal planked with cedar t&g and canvas coated.  Most of the hull is still origanal mahogany with the exception on a patch where a submerged log came through while tied to the dock . The log settled vertically under the boat at high tide and then the boat came down on it at low tide.
 
 I found the original RCAF #s on the hull under so many layers of paint still etched in the hull with heavy lead pencil.   Then I found a website that talked about radio callsigns of RCAF marine unit vessels and that lead me to its original name  "PELICAN" and RCAF station.
 
Well All for now , must get dinner.  Nice to  talk with you all.
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