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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Harken No.7

Harken No.7 - 2014-09-22

Harken No.7 - above, heading south with 3 empty scows, and below, making her way to the local mill, being met by Seaspan's Ace . Not a boat we see here often. She is the ex Anne Carlander, and sister to the Rose Mackenzie.

Length: 20.62m Breadth: 7.42m Draft: 3.96m Power: 746 KW Year Built: 1972

Harken No.7 - 2014-04-22

Harken No.7 being met by Seaspan's Ace - 2014-04-22

Harken No.7 - 2014-04-22

Harken No.7 - 2013-05-16

Harken No.7 - 2013-05-16


  1. I hadn't realized you were back.
    I think if I lived out your way I, too, would be fascinated with tugboats.

  2. do you have any photos of the Barnie Mac?

    1. Barney Mac, an ex-Mac and Blo tug - if I had she would be posted, so no. She's working out of Bowen Island, and not likely to be spotted up here. ( There's a pic or 2 of her on Flickr, here's a link to one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/52241138@N00/8360507144/ )


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