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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Syringa - 2013-07-23

Syringa -  pushing her barge of shake blocks down Malaspina Strait. Syringa has had a good number of owners over the years, and is currently registered to Spick and Sons of Powell River. Her previous owner was Active Marine Towing, out of Gibsons.

She sank near Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast, on March 18, 2015, with her 2-man crew swimming to safety on nearby Merry Island. Her tow remained afloat. In a report dated Feb.25, 2016, the Transport Safety Board found a lack of adequate maintenance caused the sinking. Syringa was raised 2 months after the sinking, but salt water damage to the electrics, navigation equipment etc meant she was a constructive write-off.

Length: 10.85m Breadth: 3.87m Draft: 1.65m Power: 335 BHP Year Built: 1960

Syringa - 2013-07-23

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