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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Island Crown

Island Crown - 2014-04-24

Island Tug and Barge's Island Crown, pulling oil barge ITB Vancouver. Not a common sighting, it's been 1½ years since the last time I spotted her. She was built for Finning Tractor as the Gulf Julia and spent some time with Seaspan as the Seaspan Defender before becoming an Island Tug and Barge boat. Her tow, built in 1999, holds 25,000 Bbls of fuel.

Length: 22.25m Breadth: 7.32 Draft: 2.9m Power: 1450 BHP Year Built: 1974

Oil Barge ITB Vancouver - 2014-04-24

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