Patrick Robinson
A Crowley Maritime tug headed north in Puget Sound at the end of the day on April 11.

Tug boats are part of our scenery

If you were down on Alki Beach around 7:30 on April 11 you might have spotted a large tug boat heading north in Puget Sound. That was a Ship Assist Tractor Tug from Crowley Maritime. The boat was built 10 years ago and commonly will head to Tacoma and back to Seattle as needed to help steer large ships into the right place.

It is 105 feet long, has a 36 foot beam and its engines deliver 5000 horsepower.

It was built by the well known Nichols Brothers Boat Builders whose website has a complete portfolio of their projects.

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