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Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

What is a Tugboat?

 
 
What is a Tugboat? Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 24, 2015
1. What is a Tugboat? Marker (wide view)
Inscription.
A boat designed to push or tow.

Tugboats have a lot of power and are versatile. A tug can push or tow something a lot bigger than itself and can go backward or sideways almost as well as forward.

Screw propellers are designed for thrust. Often the propellers are contained in shrouds to increase thrust and improve the tugs ability to change direction. The bottom of the hull slopes up for good flow of water to the propellers.

Besides the features shown in the drawing, tugs are often fitted with power winches, fire control equipment and salvage and rescue equipment.

While some tugboats working the Coos Bay waterways since the 1930s are still in service, new tugs are continually being designed and built.
 
Erected by Coos Bay Pilots Association & Coos Bay Towboat Company.
 
Location. 43° 22.087′ N, 124° 12.719′ W. Marker is in Coos Bay, Oregon, in Coos County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) north of Central Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in an interpretive kiosk along the Coos Bay Board Walk, overlooking the Marshfield Channel. Marker is in this post office area: Coos Bay OR 97420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Marker detail: The <i>Tioga</i> image. Click for full size.
By Photograph courtesy Coos Bay Pilots Association, June 24, 2015
2. Marker detail: The Tioga
The tug Tioga began working on Coos Bay in 1994. She is 85 feet long, 30 feet wide and has 4000 horsepower. Her basic work is to lead ships from the ocean, across the bar and into Coos Bay, and to assist the ships into a dock.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tugboat Ancestors (here, next to this marker); Tug Power (a few steps from this marker); Koos No. 2 (a few steps from this marker); Shipping (a few steps from this marker); The Changing Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Changing Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Oregon Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Changing Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coos Bay.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Coos Bay Tugboats
 
Also see . . .  Tioga.
Built in 1994, by Tri State Marine Incorporated of Seattle, Washington (hull #G0106) as the Tioga for the Coos Bay Towboat Company of Coos Bay, Oregon. In 1998, the tug went on a long term, "bareboat" charter to Crowley Marine Services Incorporated of San Francisco, California. Where she retained her name. (Submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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