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Redux More Fishing Tugs 4

In Mackinaw City four and a half years ago, I took and posted photos of the very rusty 1938 fish tug Kari A, one of which you see directly below.  But a lot can happen in that period of time, further decrepitude or thorough rehabilitation. Above, that’s before, and what follows, is now. Many thanks […]

Canal Steamers Project 3

This is a Carlotta in 1921.  I’m curious about the large structure on the after deck.  Is that cargo being carried? Here’s a Carlotta 13 months later, looking the same except that large stern structure is missing.  The 1913 MVUS shows a steam tug Carlotta 56′ x 13′ x 5′ built in Boston in 1879, […]

Trugster 1

All photos here thanks to Tim Powell.  What I noticed is that these all have a tugboat and a truck; hence . . . trugster.  And the last photo here has yet another mode of land transport. Note the stepvan on the bank? A. E. Clifford dates from 1947.   Click here for previous tugster fish […]

CB 2019 M

Anna May is not anime, not matter how much they sound alike.  She’s a cargo boat, sometimes carrying horses over to Mackinac Island. Here she is at the St Ignace dock. And the 906 Express . . . she’s AF’s landing craft mail boat, Mackinac Island’s version of the supply boat Ojibway or the mail […]

Other Peoples Photos 87

First,  the numbers, as Kai Ryssdal would say on NPR’s Marketplace show.  The numbers I’m referring to are the bids on Grouper yesterday.  At 0600 yesterday, high bid was $150. That lasted until just after noon. By 1300, high bid was $420. More than 60 bids (out of a total of 104) were tendered in […]

Canal Steamers Project 2

Not all tugboats on the Barge Canal in the first half decade were steamers, but most of them were.  More on the early diesel tugs in another post.  The photos in this post are arranged chronologically.  In these days before metadata was even imagined, I’m very grateful for photographic prints that have dates written on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Freshwater Tugs 9

Here are the previous 8 installments. We’ll start just north of Belle Isle and move north for these. From l to r, it’s Kimberly Anne and Andrew J, both sailing for Dean Marine & Excavating.   Near Sarnia and in front of the refinery that creates its product, McAsphalt Transportation’s Everlast lies at the dock. […]

Road Fotos 38

Even gallivants have destinations, and her it is, the Bayfield peninsula, one of the best places to see fish tugs, to be included in a number of upcoming posts, following on these past ones. South Twin was built in 1938 in Bayfield and is now out of the water, but many more like Gary (1945) still […]