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Let’s pick it up in Toledo, OH and the century-old GL tug Mississippi.

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“Dieselized” 41 years after its launch, it still steers with a brass tiller in the wheelhouse, as demonstrated here by Captain Stabler.

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Keep good paint and in repair, and a 1929 tug like  Nebraska still has lots of life left.  Compare that boat to its terrestrial counterpart, a 1929 Mack truck.

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Mighty John III is a 1962 tugboat. The bands in the water distinguish sunlight from shadow in the Maumee silt water.

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Sea Eagle II is Louisiana built but now flagged Edmonton, AB.

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Pioneerland dates from 1943.

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Titan, here in the River Rouge, dates from 1940.

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Sheila Kaye is 65′ loa built in 1943.  Was it originally a government boat?

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Here in the St. Clair River is a small unit about which I know nothing.  That’s Canada on the far bank.

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Karen Andrie dates from 1965.

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And finally, from my sister in Frankfort MI, it’s the 1956 Kurt R. Luedtke.

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The last photo comes from my sister;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

 

SS Columbia and her resurrection . . . back in November 2011, when I took this photo in Detroit, I was not a believer.

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But a year ago, she was towed from Detroit to a Toledo graving dock for inspection and most urgent hull repairs.  The photo below and some of those that follow are used with permission from the SS Columbia project.

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This past summer she was refloated, and

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on September 1, Great Lakes tugs Michigan (1965)  and Nebraska (1929) arrived to tow her from Toledo to Buffalo.   Here’s 0820,

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0830, and

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departing the Maumee River by 1030.

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The next two photos were taken by Luke Wark . . .  late afternoon September on a very placid Lake Erie.  Now note what happens to the stack in the next few photos.

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David Torke captures the tow arriving off  Buffalo and

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up the canal to its new but temporary dock . . . .

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Many thanks to Ian Danic for permission to use these photos.  You can keep informed about the project through this website.

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