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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Island Scout - 2012-01-25
Island Tug and Barge's Island Scout - this tug is a constant visitor to the local mill. She pulls a "slurry barge", a liquid tanker, from Tacoma to the mill and back every few days. Her slurry is precipitated calcium carbonate, used by the mill as a filler in the paper-making process. So I see her winter, above, and summer, below, and all points in between.