From Working Tug to Museum Ship. Come Along for the Journey.
The National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes its newest addition, the Tug Ohio, generously donated by Great Lakes Towing Company. The transformation of the Tug Ohio from a working tug to a museum ship will take a lot of work and a lot of money.
We are inviting our members and friends to see the tug prior to restoration. They will learn about its history and get a “hard hat tour” of the vessel. Anyone who participates in the Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience will be invited back next spring to see the restored vessel and attend the rechristening.
Tickets are FREE for Members and $15 for non-members. Museum admission is included. Tours will take place every 45 minutes, beginning at 9:30am on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1; and 11:00am on Sunday, December 2. You must register for a time slot.
Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted. There are sloping decks, steep stairs and tight quarters. For your safety, please wear sensible shoes and clothing. You may get dirty.
We recommend that you register online and choose your time slot.
If you need to renew your membership or would like to become a member, visit inlandseas.org/membership
About the Tug Ohio
The Ohio was built in 1903 as a fire tug for the Milwaukee Fire Department. The Ohio is 106 feet long and 26 feet wide. Around 1952, the Great Lakes Towing Company purchased the vessel and operated it as the Laurence Turner before it was renamed in 1973 as the Ohio. She was a “Lake Class” tugboat, used for long hauls across the Great Lakes and occasional ice-breaking, wrecking or salvage duties. The Ohio likely steamed more miles for The Great Lakes Towing Company than any tug in its long history.