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CAJ

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #75 on: December 26, 2010, 16:01:09 »
I forst worked the Zar IV, a 1914 built German steam tug that was modernised in the 50's. I worked her on and off in the late 90's when I should have been concentrating on GCSE's!

She's in Ireland just now, was a great little boat. Her MWM main engine sounded superb too!





I went to play on ship handling tugs after that before going back to my routes on workboat/tugs. I get out on them from time to time now despite driving a desk most of the time for a Port Authority.
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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #76 on: April 23, 2011, 16:37:32 »
I can't remember the first tug I was on, but the company was Sheilds Navigation out of Vancouver. ( Now Island Tug and Barge I understand)

Two of the boats I remember fondly there were the Storm King and the Georgia Transporter.

I am just getting ready to start a semi scale model based on the Transporter.

I think the transporter is still around ... anyone on the wet coast know what happened to the Storm King?

Cheers,

Tom

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #77 on: December 29, 2011, 16:32:01 »
Guess I had better introduce myself,

I started work on the WIMPEY tugs working in the North Sea, then onto Zapata / Tidewater in the middle east then onto various agencies around the world, took a brief spell away from tugs working on oil rigs. Got my tickets and progressed to bulk carriers then back onto anchor-handlers which is where my heart is. I am a fully qualified master mariner worldwide and have been very lucky to become the temporary second master of the Oceanic Sirius (latest X-bow) although also having been qulified as a marine surveyor, I now do vessel survey work for sales and buying also towing surveys before tugs can go on to contract.

Thats me and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

Off to Rotterdam tomorrow for a survey then onto Rostock for a viewing of an ex Svitzer tug, then possibly Brazil or Argentina for contracts for larger AHTS.

Cheers, John.

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #78 on: April 07, 2012, 22:01:44 »
The first tug I worked on was the Magnetic with Ferriss Marine Contracting out of Detroit.  I worked there on and off for years as i was friends with the owner.  Mostly marine construction stuff like dredging, putting in sheet piling and the like.  She was built in the 1920s for the US Army Corps of Engineers as the Col. J.D. Graham. Ferriss got her in the 70s. A few years ago the owner passed and she was sold Canadian to someone who uses her as a pleasure boat.  She was pretty bare bones, but a cool old tug.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images05/MAGNETICb0406-03-05mn.jpg

Also at Ferriss was the Norma B.  Basicly the same kind of work was done with her as the Magnetic. She was built in the 1940s, but i don't know much else about her history. When the owner passed his son kept this one. 
http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/tug/images/NormaBRougeRiver(9-25-03)wps.jpg


I worked on the Tug Victory from 2008 to 2011.  She's a big ATB tug, built in 1980.  8,000 HP, 140 ft long.  Pushes the barge James L. Kuber, a 700 foot self-unloading dry bulk carrier, on the Great Lakes.  Prior to service on the Lakes she sailed on the ocean pushing the tank barge Texas.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images-08-2/1-Vic-04-07-08-dl.jpg

I also did a relief stint for a bit in 2011 on the tug Olive L. Moore. Another ATB tug.  She pushes the 616 foot self-unloading dry bulk carrier Lewis J. Kuber.  The Olive was built in the 20s, and has been so heavily modified from her original construction that she is totally unrecognizable.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbsb/images-11-1/1-OLM-02-09-11-sb.jpg   (current)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newpictures03/Viking-b-01-18-03-dl.jpg (90s and 2000s configuration)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newpictures03/Olv-L-Moore-PH-4-17-76-pg.jpg (1970s configuration)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images06/OliveLMoore2(1966)SBF.jpg (original configuration)

Most of 2011 I worked on the Tug Cleveland, pushing a 400 foot barge. Not ATB system, did it the old fashioned way with wires.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images-08-2/CLEVELANDb12061608mn.jpg

Currently work on the Tug Bradshaw McKee, its replaced the Cleveland pushing the same barge. Has a Bludworth ATB system.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbsb/images-11-2/Bradshaw-McKee-5-17-11-WW.jpg

 

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #79 on: April 08, 2012, 07:21:24 »
The first tug I worked on was the Magnetic with Ferriss Marine Contracting out of Detroit.  I worked there on and off for years as i was friends with the owner.  Mostly marine construction stuff like dredging, putting in sheet piling and the like.  She was built in the 1920s for the US Army Corps of Engineers as the Col. J.D. Graham. Ferriss got her in the 70s. A few years ago the owner passed and she was sold Canadian to someone who uses her as a pleasure boat.  She was pretty bare bones, but a cool old tug.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images05/MAGNETICb0406-03-05mn.jpg

Also at Ferriss was the Norma B.  Basicly the same kind of work was done with her as the Magnetic. She was built in the 1940s, but i don't know much else about her history. When the owner passed his son kept this one. 
http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/tug/images/NormaBRougeRiver(9-25-03)wps.jpg


I worked on the Tug Victory from 2008 to 2011.  She's a big ATB tug, built in 1980.  8,000 HP, 140 ft long.  Pushes the barge James L. Kuber, a 700 foot self-unloading dry bulk carrier, on the Great Lakes.  Prior to service on the Lakes she sailed on the ocean pushing the tank barge Texas.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images-08-2/1-Vic-04-07-08-dl.jpg

I also did a relief stint for a bit in 2011 on the tug Olive L. Moore. Another ATB tug.  She pushes the 616 foot self-unloading dry bulk carrier Lewis J. Kuber.  The Olive was built in the 20s, and has been so heavily modified from her original construction that she is totally unrecognizable.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbsb/images-11-1/1-OLM-02-09-11-sb.jpg   (current)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newpictures03/Viking-b-01-18-03-dl.jpg (90s and 2000s configuration)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newpictures03/Olv-L-Moore-PH-4-17-76-pg.jpg (1970s configuration)
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images06/OliveLMoore2(1966)SBF.jpg (original configuration)

Most of 2011 I worked on the Tug Cleveland, pushing a 400 foot barge. Not ATB system, did it the old fashioned way with wires.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images-08-2/CLEVELANDb12061608mn.jpg

Currently work on the Tug Bradshaw McKee, its replaced the Cleveland pushing the same barge. Has a Bludworth ATB system.
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbsb/images-11-2/Bradshaw-McKee-5-17-11-WW.jpg

 
There is a thread for the ugliest tug and I am not sure if she is already on but certainly is in contention in this guise.  ???

Jim
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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2012, 09:08:02 »
Thanks for sharing that Tregurtha1030.

The Magnetic is sure a nice looking little tug. ;)

oldflyer2:
"anyone on the wet coast know what happened to the Storm King?"

I think she went to the States or Alaska.

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #81 on: November 13, 2014, 20:44:09 »
My dad had a bunch of tugs in the Northwest of the US when I was a kid, but I wouldn't say I worked on any officially until I went to Alaska the first time on a wood 65 footer called the INVERNESS, that my dad had traded for from a company in Sitka, AK called Samson Towing. This was in 1966 when we moved to Sitka for the summer to tow logs, logging camp floats, barges, whatever. Just my dad, me and my older brother who had made a number of trips before me being about 3 years older. I cooked and decked on this boat over a couple year period and it was the last tug my dad owned, sold it in 1971. She is still around but converted to a yacht and barely recognizable. She was built in 1916, originally steam powered and had a 200HP Atlas when we had it. She drew over 10 ft of water when tanked down and pulled like hell for her horsepower.  I know this is an old thread, but not to me. :)

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Re: What was the first 'tug'\you worked on
« Reply #82 on: May 12, 2018, 17:20:09 »
1973 Tug was the old EMPIRE JANE was TAIOMA Union steam Ship co NZ in between jobs  seamen's union on the corner waiting for a old slow green to sail on freighter with cargo gear derricks etc no cranes no modern new gear the tug was old and slow was a great ship went out in a Wellington storm once rang down stairs for full ahead and we steamed for 15 minutes flat out and made 20 yards due to the storm was funny at the time good old days tassie48