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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Ace taking a "hand off" from the Harken No.7 - 2014-04-22

 Seaspan's Ace - she was Seaspan's local harbour tug that serviced the traffic to the local Catalyst Mill. Seaspan's larger tugs that pull the chip and hog barges to the mill are much too big to manuever inside the harbour, which is the work the Ace did. As such I saw her on the water virtually daily, and have many photos. As of early May 2014 Seaspan has moved her down to the Lower Mainland, and she has been replaced by their J.R.W. With the consolidation in the industry over the last few years, she was the Rivtow Ace and the Smit Ace before becoming plain-jane Ace for Seaspan.

Length: 10.49m Breadth: 5.49m Draft: .49m Power: 880 BHP Year Built: 1992

Ace - 2014-03-14

Ace - 2013-07-26

Ace - 2013-02-02

Ace - 2012-08-10

Ace - 2012-07-15

Ace - 2012-11-02

Ace - 2013-03-16

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