Historic James Whalen Tug at Kam River Park Sinking

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THUNDER BAY – It appears that the James Whalen tug at the Kam River Park in downtown Fort William along the Kam River is sinking.

The tug boat which has had issues with leaks in the past is pictured on social media today as having broken from the connection to the pier and now sinking.

Thunder Bay City Manager Norm Gale tells NetNewsLedger, “We are aware of the James Whalen tug. We are doing and will do what we can. The city does not have the resources, obviously, to bring the tug to dryland at this time today.”

Back in 2014 this piece of history was taking on water as well.

Likely the ice in the river has shifted causing the break and the lean of the venerable old ship
2014 Image – Likely the ice in the river has shifted causing the break and the lean of the venerable old ship

At 108 feet in length and 950 horsepower, the James Whalen Tug was built to tow heavy steamers and break ice up to 40 inches thick.

The James Whalen was the source of the first marine wireless message ever sent from the Lakehead, today she was, prior to today, a permanently moored feature of the Kaministiquia Riverfront Heritage Park.

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