Great Lakes Towing tugs refloat grounded bulk carrier at Soo

The following is text of a press release issued by the Great Lakes Towing Co.:

(CLEVELAND) — Tugs MISSOURI and FLORIDA of The Great Lakes Towing Company freed the Paul R. Tregurtha early Thursday morning.  The 1,013 foot Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier ran aground Wednesday morning in the Rock Cut channel in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


The Great Lakes Towing Company’s Captain Mike Patterson, celebrating his 25th year of career employment, lead the assist aboard the MISSOURI.


To correct a previously released news story stating the evacuation of a tugman experiencing medical problems, this was not in reference to The Great Lakes Towing Company as no crew members were injured during the assist.


The Great Lakes Towing Company operates the largest fleet of tugs on the Great Lakes serving 40 ports and has been in continuous business for over 114 years providing harbor assist, cargo movements, ice breaking, and emergency assistance services.


For more information on the Company, visit their website at

By Professional Mariner Staff