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Noon August 14

2 pm August 14

Noon August 28

2 pm August 28

Noon September 1

And since I missed her departure that day, here’s a few seconds later than the previous photo.

All photos by Will Van dorp, who has a sense sense that SS Badger is a dinosaur in a number of ways as a car and people ferry. 

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 a yacht, with

dimensions of 42′ x 13.’


But the stern superstructure/deck is unlike any fish tug I’ve ever seen.

And this site suggests that is because it was intended as a dive-conversion.

Now if I lived on the Great Lakes….   Maybe it’s time the sixth boro got itself a fish tug?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


aka, trans-Michigan and not Badger.  More on Badger later.

Lakes Express entered service in 2004, max speed at 34 kts., and has capacity for 44 cars, 12 motorcycles, and 248 passengers.

It crosses the Lake between Milwaukee and Muskegon in 150 minutes with up to 8 crew.



Until 1970, this run was made by the Milwaukee Clipper, launched 1904 and now languishing in Muskegon.   Here’s a more complete history on Milwaukee Clipper.


As promised, here are numbers of Badger for comparison purposes:  launched 1952, 24 kts. top speed, 18o cars and some trucks, 620 passengers, crew size from 50–60, and crossing time of 3 hours.


OK, so it’s a barge, but to the eyes of folks from the greater sixth boro, the surprise lies in its prime mover . . . wait for it . . ..

recognize it?


yes, that’s what we see along NE US as the USCG 140′ icebreaker tug. 

As it turns out, two of these 140-footers work with 120′ barges for maintenance of aids to navigation.


Will Van Dorp took these photos from the Michigan St. Bridge in Sturgeon Bay.


This no-nonsense machine . . .

I can show you but tell you nothing about.  I don’t know.

Nearby,  Haskell was built  in 1936, but that’s all I know.

The photos above I took in Holland MI, and the rest  . . . in Sturgeon Bay, WI  Chas. Asher dates from 1967, and I know nothing about the one on shore.

Here’s that same “high and dry” tug seen in profile.

Spuds–now THAT is a name for a small tug, was launched from 1944.

Duluth appears to have a proud owner;  she came off the ways in 1954.

Here, Duluth moves a dump scow up to the bulkhead on the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, where her very wet dredge spoils will be offloaded.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


And the trip goes on . . . here heading for the Straits, where it seems there are underwater sights I missed.


Meanwhile, on the surface of the top of Lakes Huron and Michigan, there are plenty of things to look at, like this old ChrisCraft and


1944 fish tug Richard E. 


After we pass White Shoal light, we encounter traffic


like Karen Andrie and


“maritimer” Mississagi.


From morning to night, there were small boats fishing and larger


ones –like this unidentified Algoma Central Corporation dry bulker–


until day ends over Wisconsin.



All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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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