Tugboats, the semi's of the ocean. They pass Powell River pulling logbooms, construction barges, scows of hogfuel and chips for the local paper mill, train barges, barges loaded with
semi-trailers and chemical tankers and more. And I take their pictures as they pass.

Here you will find some of the photos I have taken of those tugboats as they pull their tows up and down Malaspina Strait and the surrounding waters. Big ones and little ones, good looking tugs and some not so.
I like them all, and if you like tugs - including tugs converted to other uses - I invite you to have a look.

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Inlet Crusader

Inlet Crusader - 2016-07-24

Inlet Crusader - one of the newer tugs on the Strait, she was added to the Gowlland Towing fleet in June of 2015. Built by Sylte Shipyard, Maple Ridge.

Length: 19.48m Breadth: 8.53m Draft: 3.81m Power: 1268 KW Year Built: 2015

Inlet Crusader - 2016-07-24

Inlet Crusader - 2016-07-24

Inlet Crusader - 2016-07-24




Seymour Crown

Seymour Crown - 2015-07-28

Seymour Crown - as of the beginning of June 2015 Seaspan has pulled out of the harbour towing business in Powell River, to be replaced by Catherwood Towing of Mission. Their Seymour Crown was built for Crown Zellerbach and she worked out of the Elk Falls mill. She retained her name through all the corporate changes at that mill, including her time for Norsk Skog Canada. She became a Catherwood boat in 2011. In the middle photos she was checking out her water canon.

Length: 15.12m Breadth: 5.67m Draft: 2.01m Power: 960 BHP Year Built: 1966

Seymour Crown - 2015-07-28


Seymour Crown - 2015-07-17

Seymour Crown - 2015-07-17

Seymour Crown - 2015-07-17


Seymour Crown - 2015-06-14


Seymour Crown - 2015-06-14

 

Malaspina Straits

Malaspina Straits - 2015-05-06

Malaspina Straits - another of the several BC-built tugs built for Straits Towing. She has managed to keep her name through a number of ownership changes, and has only recently been acquired by General Towing of Campbell River. Above, off the Catalyst Mill harbour; below, in the harbour, alongside her barge which was offloading. Behind her was the D.D.Catherwood at the City Transfer ramp.

Length: 18.5m Breadth: 6m Draft: 2.53m Power: 765 BHP Year Built: 1964

Malaspina Straits - 2015-05-06

Island Chief

Island Chief - 2015-03-27

Island Chief - born as the Melinda Jane for Kootenay Water Transport of Nelson, BC. She became the Storm Spray in 1979 and then the Island Chief for Island Tug and Barge in 2000. She has very recently been registered as owned by Tuna Falls Holdings of Vancouver. Here shown in the Catalyst Mill harbour with her barge.

Length: 16.37m Breadth: 5.18m Draft: 2.04m Power: 450 BHP Year Built: 1958

Island Chief - 2015-03-27

Island Chief - 2015-03-27

Island Chief - 2015-03-27


Taurus

Taurus - 2014-12-03

Taurus, an American-flagged tug owned by Dunlap Towing of La Conner, WA. She is the first Dunlap tug I've seen near Powell River in all the years I've been watching tugs. She dropped her tow off the Mill and went back south running light at about 12 knots. She made her way to Crofton, where she picked up a tow, and then on to Everett, WA.

Length: 95ft Breadth: 27ft Draft: 12ft Power: 2250 HP Year Built: 1975


Taurus - 2014-12-03