West Wind

Photo by Shaun Vary

Photo by Shaun Vary

This classic tug was built in 1941 by Lester F. Alexander of New Orleans, LA as the West Wind for the Panama Canal Company. In 1944 she was sold to the Union Oil Company of California. Newtown Creek Towing purchased the tug in 1951 and renamed her Russell 2. In 1961 she was sold to RDM Marine and renamed West Wind. Toth Motorships acquired the West Wind in 1965. Lorraine Krispin acquired the tug in 1968, and it passed again to James Mazurek in 1970. The tug eventually ended up in the hands of Buffalo Industrial Diving of Buffalo, NY. She was later sold to A.J. Brothers Marine Construction, and then to Man O’ Trees Inc. of Buffalo. In 2016 she was purchased by Dean Marine & Excavating of Mount Clemens, MI.

West Wind works in the contracting trades out of Mount Clemens.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1941
  • Builder: Lester F. Alexander, New Orleans, LA
  • Engines: 1 Detroit 12V-71
  • Length: 60′ 00″
  • Breadth: 17′ 01″
  • Depth: 7′ 06″
  • Port of Registry: Buffalo, NY

3 thoughts on “West Wind

  1. When the Westwind was purchased in 1965 by Lorraine Krispin, it
    was mored on the Maume River in Toledo, Ohio in need of some
    repairs; therefore we traveled from the St.Clair River area (in Michigan)
    every weekend until the necessary repairs to steering and controls
    were completed. Very early one Saturday morning we made the trip
    from the Maume River in Toledo, Ohio to the Clinton River in Mt. Clemens, Mi. After a period of time, the pilot house was totality
    rebuilt and lowered and eventually the bottom was replatedl.
    During the ownership of James Mazurek, the boat was repowered.
    A 336 Caterpiller diesel was removed and a Detroit 12V-71 was
    installed.

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