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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Seaspan Monarch

Seaspan Monarch - 2011-11-02

Seaspan Monarch - one of the largest of the Seaspan tugs she used to visit the mill regularly, if not often, but these pictures were the last I time I saw her. Shown here with the West Rascal and the Tee-Shu.

Length: 32.71m Breadth: 9.14m Draft: 4.97m Power: 1940 Kw Year Built: 1977

Seaspan Monarch - West Rascal - Tee-Shu - 2011-11-02


  1. The Seaspan Monarch makes regular visits to the Lafarge quarry on Texada, hauling barges of crushed limestone. See her several times a week along with the three lafarge tugs!

    1. good looking boat :D

    2. Yes, I see her "virtually" on AIS maps on the internet ( http://vtslite.siitech.com/VTSLite/AView.aspx ) but she always comes up on the west side of Texada, so I don't see the real thing. I'm assuming that's where you live, on the west side of the Island, if you see all those tugs regularly.

      And you're right, a good looking boat.


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