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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Pacific Tyee

Pacific Tyee - 2018-03-24

Above, fueling up at the South Harbour. Apparently she's replacing the Seymour Crown as the Catalyst Mill tug, at least temporarily, so I'll probably see more of her. She was born as the Westminster Tyee, became the Pacific Tyee in 1990, then the Smit Tyee when she was owned by Smit Towing, and then reverted back to Pacific Tyee when Catherwood Towing acquired her in 2016. Bottom, tied up at her berth at the Catalyst Mill.

Length: 12.04m Breadth: 5.91m Draft: .73m Power: 680BHP Year Built:1977

Pacific Tyee - 2018-03-24

Pacific Tyee - 2018-03-24

Pacific Tyee - 2018-03-24
 
Pacific Tyee - 2018-03-18


Capital "C"

Capital "C" - 2017-11-11

The Capital "C" on the far side of the Strait on a poor weather day. Not a boat seen here often. An old boat, 1956, she was built in Jacksonville, Florida,
and is currently owned by O'Brien and Fuerst Logging of Port Clement.

Length: 18.96m Breadth: 5.9m Draft: 3.04m Power: 634 KW Year Built:1956

Capital "C" - 2017-11-11
 
Barge Sea-Link Rigger - 2017-11-11


Sea Imp X


Another Catherwood Towing boat, the Sea Imp X was built by Alberni Engineering and Shipyards of Port Alberni. Not seen here often, she was doing relief
on the City Transfer drop-trailer barge run, the regular boat having mechanical issues. In the bottom shot she was passing a Seaspan barge heading north
to the Catalyst Mill. This tug suffered "massive damage" when it sank in the North Arm of the Fraser River on September 22, 2015 - she caught a
deadhead in one of her 2 props, and the barge in tow pulled her sideways and under. All hands were safe.

Length: 10.27m Breadth: 5.33m Draft: 0.7m Power: 1000 BHP Year Built:1988




Sea Imp XI

Sea Imp XI - 2017-10-20


The newest tug to join the Catherwood Towing fleet, the Sea Imp XI was launched May 27, 2017. Here she's seen leaving the Catalyst Mill harbour
with the City Transfer drop-trailer barge, heading south to Richmond.

Length: 16.31m Breadth: 6.71m Draft: 3.0m Power: 896 KW Year Built: 2017

Sea Imp XI - 2017-10-20
 
Sea Imp XI - 2017-08-15

Sea Imp XI - 2017-08-15

Sea Imp XI - 2017-08-15



Chieftain III

Chieftain III - 2017-11-18


Chieftain III - another Pacific Cachelot boat out of Campbell River. It seems every time I see her, she's in poor weather - the most recent 2 shots
saw her once again marking time off Westview, with a wind storm warning in effect.

Length: 16.61m Breadth: 6.16m Draft: 2.53m Power: 610 BHP Year Built: 1963

Chieftain III - 2017-11-18
 
Chieftain III - 2016-10-27


Chieftain III - 2016-10-27


Chieftain III - 2016-09-18