Virginia

Photo by Christine Douglas

Photo by Christine Douglas

This tug was built in 1914 by the Great Lakes Towing Company of Cleveland, OH as their own Virginia. In 1921, the Towing Company repowered the young tug with a new steam engine. In 1951 she was converted to diesel-electric power.

Virginia is based in Chicago, where she serves as a backup tug.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1914
  • Builder: The Great Lakes Towing Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Hull No.: 30
  • Engines: 1 Cleveland 12-278A
  • Horsepower: 1,200 bhp
  • Length: 81′ 00″
  • Breadth: 20′ 00″
  • Depth: 12′ 06″
  • Port of Registry: Wilmington, DE
Christine Douglas

Christine Douglas

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2 thoughts on “Virginia

  1. Family lore has it that my mother’s middle name came from this tug. More lore says the tug was captained by William J Dwyer, my great grandfather. Where might I look to confirm this?

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