Tug service returns to Minn. port for first time since 1981

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(TWO HARBORS, Minn.) — Tugboat service has returned to Two Harbors and Agate Bay for the first time since 1981, the Duluth News Tribune reported. Nancy J. is owned and operated by Heritage Marine in Duluth and its owner, Mike Ojard, has a long history with tugboats — specifically with Edna G, the last tug to work the port.

Ojard grew up on the Edna G, on which his father was the chief engineer and his uncle was the captain. As a tribute to the boat, the four tugboats currently in the Heritage Marine fleet all are painted the same color as the historic tug.

Tug service has returned because the Canadian National Railway wants to better serve its customers that visit Two Harbors, a CN spokesman said. According to Ojard, when there is a strong north-northeast wind, it can be hard for some of the larger vessels to navigate into the port.

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By Professional Mariner Staff