Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tugboat Sinks In Lake Superior Bay

A piece of history at the Duluth port is now on the bottom of Lake Superior Bay. The hull of the tugboat "Essayons" slipped to the bottom of its slip Tuesday, due to nasty weather and the ship's age. The historic retired Army Corps of Engineers tugboat has been a Twin Ports fixture since 1908.The tug's engine is on display at the Marine Museum in Canal Park. The vessel's hull has been used for various tourist attractions for years. Marine Museum curator Thom Holden hopes the boat's owner will be able to raise it. The tug's owner was hoping to turn the boat into a floating bed and breakfast. According to the Marine Museum, this isn't the first time Essayons has gone to the bottom. It also sank on April 1, 1919.

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