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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Westcoaster - 2010-11-05

Westcoaster - she was moored in the Powell River harbour for some months in 2010, without turning a prop, and she was registered with Transport Canada as having a Powell River owner, recently updated to Courtenay, BC. Since I saw her fuel up and leave the harbour in the spring of 2011 I haven't sighted her.

Length: 12.25m Breadth: 3.81m Draft: 1.07m Power: 300 BHP Year Built: 1946

Westcoaster - 2011-03-16

Westcoaster - 2011-03-16


  1. This is Norman Jones tug and he lives in Courtnay b.c. I know cause he is my father .

  2. Yes, I know, the Transport Canada listing just recently got updated, I'll do the same here


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