This starts a new series, drawing from a loop from Chicago to Chicago via Mackinac Island.

Clearly something was amiss when a Chicago police boat was blocking outbound traffic from Burnham Harbor.

By the way, the grassy “dunes” in the background cover what was once Meigs Field. 

Then a TowBoatUS vessel appeared on scene with a taut towline.


Someone’s journey was not going well.



The yacht, likely having lost power, was towed safely to a bulkhead.

And that day, other unfortunate boaters needed some assistance.  Maybe I should say fortunate boaters, because they have TowBoatUS memberships.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.