Nicole S

This retractable-pilothouse tugboat was built in 1949 by Alexander Shipyards as Evening Star for Bouchard Transportation. She was later sold to Reinauer Transportation and renamed Capt. Begely. Reinauer sold the boat to John Selvick in 1986, who brought it into the Great Lakes. However, her engine blew during her delivery trip on Lake Erie, and the Capt. Begely was quickly resold to Ferriss Marine Contracting of Detroit. Ferriss replaced the engine and renamed the tug Protector in 1986. In 1994, the Protector was sold to Calumet River Fleeting of Chicago, IL where the tug was renamed Nicole S. The Northeastern Maritime Historical Foundation acquired the Nicole S in 2006, and in 2007 she was resold to a Canadian party to be scrapped for parts in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Builder: Alexander Shipyards Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Engines: 1 EMD 12-567A
  • Horsepower: 900 bhp
  • Length: 88′ 06″
  • Breadth: 25′ 06″
  • Depth: 11′ 00″

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