The Tugboat Anne Carlander

by John M. MacFarlane 2013

The Tugboat Anne Carlander

The Anne Carlander is seen working with a barge loading crushed automobiles and scrap metal on the Fraser River at Surrey BC. (Photo MacFarlane collection)

She is a steel-hulled tug (a sister ship to the Edith Lovejoy) built in 1972 at Marine Construction & Design Co., Seattle WA USA (MARCO Shipyard) for Puget Sound Freightlines. (20.62m x 7.42m x 3.96m 136.38gt 102.29rt) She is powered by a 746kw diesel engine single screw. Originally she was registered as US ON 723366 (radio call sign WDE8731) but on registration in Canada she became ON 835681.

In 2003 she was owned by Pacific Northwest Marine Services LLC, Gig Harbour WA USA. She had a regular business for many tears towing a barge between Surrey BC and Tacoma WA USA loaded with scrap metal (particularly crushed automobiles). On September 10, 2010 she ran up on a beach at Yeomalt Point on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. There was no damage (beyond that of the embarrassment of the skipper) and she was freed by the rising tide.

About 2012 she was purchased by the Royal Bank of Canada, Burlington ON and chartered to AMIX Heavy Lift in New Westminster BC. She is an example of the colourful vessels seen regularly in the Fraser River.

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