Day 165 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Tugboats in The Historic Town of Saint John, New Brunswick


The Atlantic Beaver is the newest boat down at the pier as it is about a year old. Note the orange paint on the top of the boat to increase its visibility.


The Crew of the Atlantic Beaver


Allan has been the engineer of the Atlantic Spruce for two year, a Saint John-based tug boat. Crew members often live on board for months at a time depending where the tug boat is working.


In the quiet months the crew paints and does maintenance on the boats. The Atlantic Beech celebrated its 40th birthday this year and is still considered to be a viable work horse.


Rope Detail – This stuff is strong! 


Tim has been working on big boats for 26 years, 13 years in St John and before that 13 years in the Philipines. Tim is the engineer of the Hazelnut tug boat.


Canadian Flags adorn two of the four tug boats moored in Saint John.


Welding crew works on the Atlantic Beaver.


Curtis is the Captain of the Atlantic Beaver. He uses joysticks to steer, and the boat can manoever in any direction. 


The crews have many maintenance-type tasks to keep them busy during the slower season. 


Colin works on the Atlantic Beaver. 


The escape hatch doubles as a round window in the kitchen, right above the sink



3 Responses to “Day 165 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Tugboats in The Historic Town of Saint John, New Brunswick”

  1. 1 Charles Sloat
    July 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Saint John New Brunswick is never abriviated by using St.. Any person from Saint John would know that.

    • 2 Tim Van Horn
      July 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Well I’m not from st john’s now am i. Have a great day and thanks for oh so positive words. Good bye.

  2. 3 kristy Roger
    October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hello, my husband is Alan, the gentleman in the Spruce.Could you contact me using the email below? I would like a high resolution of this image so that I could get this printed, if possible. Thanks!

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