New tugs, old names

Two tugs, new to the Twin Ports, arrived this afternoon, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. They were recently purchased by Heritage Marine and will be given the names of two tugs they just sold. Here the tugs are moving down the Duluth harbor on their way to the Heritage Marine dock in Superior. At left, the Fort Point leads the way; she will soon be renamed to Edward H. Just behind her … [Read more...]

New tug salvages a sunken tug in Houghton

Marine Tech, our local dredging company, brought their dredge home today (April 30, 2017) from a salvage operation in Houghton, Michigan. (Click here for 2 more images.) They were called out to bring a fish tug up from the bottom (right). Their own tug, the Jean C., is a new member of their fleet and is seen here pushing the dredge into the Duluth harbor. Earlier this year, … [Read more...]

Four tugs in a row on a summer day in Duluth

  In the old days, I took pictures of the front end of boats. But I am slowing down in my old age and are now happy to get the back ends. So here are the back ends of a flotilla of all the tugs from Heritage Marine, out to get their picture taken (from the front, mostly). In the background, at right, notice the very red, or orange, HHL Amur discharging wind turbines pieces … [Read more...]

The Ramon de Larrinaga, represented by the tug Edward H., came into port on Sunday afternoon exactly 50 years after the original Larrinaga came in 1959.

She was the first deep-draft oceangoing vessel to arrive here after transiting the length of the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Just below, the tug Edward H. carries the Larrinaga banner under the Lift Bridge. Leo Franklin (below right) was there on Sunday and he was there 50 years ago serving as deck boss, in charge of loading the English … [Read more...]

Duluth, winter boats

Thursday February 19, 2009:  We have 12 boats in port for winter layup but they are pretty hard to find and not very colorful. This winter, we have the added treat of the Edward H. She has been sitting quietly behind the DECC since the middle of January, adding some color to a landscape that is either white or gray or both. … [Read more...]

Edward H. newest tug for Heritage Marine

The Edward H. came under the Lift Bridge on Monday afternoon (above) ready to get to work as a new tug for hire in the Twin Ports. The former US Corp of Engineers tug Forney was purchased by Mike Ojard and his sons, Pat and Vince last year and renamed in honor of Mike’s father. They are open for business as Heritage Marine, accepting general towing jobs, particularly assisting … [Read more...]