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Beaver Island Fish Tug Bob S

Long-time tugster readers know that fish tugs have been lavished with a generous amount of electronic ink over the years here.   You’d not be surprised then to read this title.   Although it’s hard to get a photo of Bob S exterior, it’s owned by the Beaver Island Marine Museum, and that makes it […]

Fish Tug: Missing Link

This post is short on words but long on enthusiasm. An anonymous source sent along this fabulous foto of Bird. Bird dates from 1912, the same year as Grouper, shown at this link from April. The wheelhouse of Bird and Grouper have a similar rake. What excites me about this foto is that the forward […]

More Fishing Tugs 11

Here are the previous posts. And let’s start with unnamed tug, left where the bushes might overwhelm her. Susie Q, on the other hand, seems to get lots of love. The other day it was docked near the Rogers Street Fishing Village, a piece of Two Rivers on the National Register of Historic Places. More […]

More Fishing Tugs 10

In Bayfield WI, this park adjoins a complex named Reiten Boatyard condos, but the namesake is a gentleman who–with his crew–partook of the food intended for their own wake.  The story?  Click here. Now you’d imagine that this fish tug–Dawn–would have been built at the Reiten boatyard.  Nope.  She’s another Burger Boat product from 1928. […]

More Fishing Tugs 9

I still have lots of these. If I were to spend money for a boat and lived in a place where I could walk to it every day, I’d get a fish tug.  All boats today are within a three-minute walk of the market at Bodin Fisheries. Let’s start with the 1938 Ruth, which has […]

More Fishing Tugs 8

Just east of the dock featured a few days ago here is another dock. Eleanor B might be among the “newest” of the fish tugs I’ve seen, 1950.  Click here for photos of her christening at Peterson Brothers in Sturgeon Bay and more. In the same fleet colors–I think–and two years older than Eleanor B […]

More Fishing Tugs 7

This road trip was partly about seeing more fish tugs, the focus of the next few posts.  One of the current hubs of fishing tugs still fishing is the Bayfield Peninsula, jutting out of northern Wisconsin into Lake Superior.  Bayfield still had chunk ice in the harbor on May 9! Let’s start out at Bodin […]

More Fishing Tugs 6

Happy fall equinox.  This seems as good a time as any to honor Poseidon with a photo parade of more fish tugs, to really challenge a segue. . . as is grouping Lady Kate with fishing tugs.  It appears she was built as passenger vessel G. A. Buckling II back in 1952, and is wearing […]

More Fishing Tugs 5

From off the bowl this seemed a run-of-the-mill fishtug-into-yacht project.  Gloria.  As a product of Burger in Manitowoc from 1945, I’m gathering its builders and first owners may have seen some submarines around there. And as of late August 2017, it was for sale, and I did not call the number. It’s sweet, and surely […]

More Fishing Tugs 4

According to the Harvey Hadland site, Kari A dates from 1938.  Previously known as Hustler, she was the product of Burger Boat in Manitowoc. I was fortunate to have done this walk around in Mackinac City MI       All photos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether fish tugs ever towed trawl nets…. […]