Tugboat America

Sunk, burned, and haunted, this tugboat keeps on working

Port of Milwaukee tugboat Wisconsin

A long history, a tragedy, and persistent stories of paranormal happenings center on this hardworking tugboat, a fixture of the Port of Milwaukee for many years. At the age of 118, it’s also the oldest workboat on the Great Lakes. Carl Swanson photo

In 1897, the Union Dry Dock Co. in Buffalo built a tugboat. In the years following, the tugboat sank (twice) and was raised, burned (twice) and was rebuilt. Today, after 121 strenuous years, the same tug is still at work, deftly assisting far larger ships in and out of the port. When it comes to tough workboats, the Wisconsin is in a class all its own.

The Wisconsin, some say, is also haunted.

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