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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Pacific - 2013-07-07

Western Towboat's Pacific - one of the few American tugs that I see with any regularity , always seen pulling a PCC "slurry" barge from Seattle to the local mill. PCC, precipitated calcium carbonate, is a filler used in the paper making process. In the 2 top pictures she stopped dead in the water, and her tow actually overtook her before she carried on to the mill. The 3rd and 4th shots are her making the return trip 2 days later, with her tow, the barge PCC Provider, being overtaken by Catherwood's Sea Imp VIII.

Length: 66.7ft Breadth: 24ft Draft: 8ft Power: 1600HP Year Built: 1969

Pacific - 2013-07-07

Pacific - 2013-07-09

PCC Provider and Sea Imp VIII - 2013-07-09

Pacific - 2012-09-22

Pacific - 2013-05-06

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