Thompson built in 1944

The Joseph H. Thompson started life in 1944, crossed the ocean several times in the war effort and was present for the Normandy invasion. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of the hull of the boat built in 1944. In 1990, a major renovation took place. The stern and part of the hull were removed, creating the barge. A new tug, the Joseph H. Thompson, Jr., was constructed out of steel that had just been taken out of the hull of the original boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2004
Kenneth Newhams :