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, continuing to work in Panama. Newtown Creek Towing of New York, NY purchased the tug in 1951 and renamed her Russell 2. Grace D. Myers and Lawrence B. Raskin of New York, NY purchased the tug in 1960. In 1961 she was sold to RDM Marine of Brooklyn, NY and renamed West Wind. Toth Motorships of Toledo, Ohio acquired the West Wind in 1965. Lorraine Krispin of Algonac, Michigan acquired the tug in 1968, and it passed again to James Mazurek of Mount Clemens, MI in 1970. The tug eventually ended up under the ownership of A.J. Brothers Marine Construction of Williamsville, NY. She was later sold to Buffalo Industrial Diving Company, and then to Man O’ Trees Inc. of Buffalo, NY. In 2016 she was purchased by Dean Marine & Excavating of Mount Clemens, MI.
- 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: Detroit, MI
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
A photo taken of the West Wind at its new home on the Clinton River in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Photo taken by David Bazydlo.
Nice shot David, thanks! Can’t wait to see how she looks in a new paint scheme. You can always find some floating history on the Great Lakes.
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