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This lake is the entrance to Holland, MI, slightly less than 100 miles northeast of Chicago.  I know the vessel below is a repurposed USCG 40-footer, but I was drawn in so many directions that I didn’t get a photo of the name on the stern.  Here is more info on this vessel type, aka utility boat, large. 

I saw a large number of small tugs but have no information on them.



The next batch belong to D. K. Construction, but again . . . I know very little.

Haskal has appeared here before, and as a result, I know it is a former USACE vessel built in 1936. I’m curious about the twins above and below, which I’d call broncs, seen here and scroll.


The sheer number of small boats at the entrance to the small lake from Lake Michigan this recent afternoon attests to the popularity of recreational boating in this part of Michigan.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s impressed by the number of recreational boats passing Big Red. 


The “really random” posts are just that.  I believe what follows, is.

Thanks to Jeff Schurr and Dave Boone, behold Bloxom in her better days, in this case during her life as a Pennsylvania RailRoad tug.  Bloxom has been on this blog here and here and other places.  Anyone else know Bloxom PRR fotos?

Also thanks to Jeff and Dave, Ned Moran below in work mode compared with a foto of the vessel (scroll down to the last one)  I took a few months back.   I have to say there’s so little left of the vessel now that it’s hard to corroborate their being the same vessel.

Mighty Joe (ex-Maria) in the Hughes Marine portion of Erie Basin yesterday.

This is my first ever sighting of Marquette’s  Layla Renee, defying a current trend as a Gulf boat working up here.

When I last posted a foto of  a Marquette boat, I also included one of Colleen McAllister.  Yesterday she looked powerful pulling a deepladen dredge scow.

Last three fotos here taken by Will Van Dorp, last week.  The next two come from Cheryl, an important friend from way back.  Both were taken in Holland, Michigan.  First, it’s James Harris, one of 10 Army STs built in the first half of 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, WI; and

Haskal, about which I can find no info.  The design of  Haskal looks older than that of  James Harris.  Anyone help out?

Again, thanks to Cheryl, Jeff, and Dave for contributing fotos.

Unrelated:  I’ve added a new link to my “resources”   a list of all (maybe) US-flag operators of tug and tow boats.

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