Photo by Sam Hankinson

Photo by Sam Hankinson

This tug was built in 1897 by the Union Dry Dock Company of Buffalo, NY as the America. In 1899 she was acquired by the newly-formed Great Lakes Towing Company of Cleveland, OH, and was an original member of their fleet. She was eventually retired by the Towing Company, but got a new lease on life in 1941, when she was rebuilt with a new pilothouse and re-entered service. Later that same year, the America capsized on the Detroit River, and six lives were lost. The tug was raised and continued service. In 1950 she was converted from steam to diesel power. In 1982, the America was renamed Midway. The following year, her name was changed again, this time to Wisconsin. Wisconsin is based in Milwaukee, WI, where she continues to provide assistance to vessels as she was built to do in 1897.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1897
  • Builder: Union Dry Dock Company, Buffalo, NY
  • Hull No.: 81
  • Engines: 1 EMD 12-567C
  • Horsepower: 1,230 bhp
  • Length: 90′ 03″
  • Breadth: 21′ 00″
  • Depth: 12′ 03″
  • Port of Registry: Wilmington, DE
Nathan Leindecker

Nathan Leindecker

Sam Hankinson

Sam Hankinson


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