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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Western Ranger

Western Ranger - 2014-06-19

Western Towboat's Western Ranger, out of Seattle. She does a scheduled run between Alaska and Washington State, hauling container barges. It is unusual to see her on the Malaspina Strait side of Texada Island, but with poor weather on Georgia Strait she exited Discovery Passage and sailed north of Hernando Island to the mainland coast and south.

Length: 101.2 ft Breadth: 31.1 ft Draft: 11.4 ft Power: 3420 HP : Year Built: 1968

Western Ranger - 2014-06-19

Northland Services Barge Kenai Trader - 2014-06-19

1 comment:

  1. Good to see you again at the airport last week. When we were out a few weeks ago we saw the Fisheries boat the W.E. Ricker near Savary. It was towing something, so we guessed it was taking samples. - Margy


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