28TH Annual International Tugboat Race on the Detroit River June 19, 2004
Race results included at the bottom of the page. If you have pictures to include please e-mail to news@boatnerd.net

With the roar of diesel engines and lots of black smoke, the 28th Annual Detroit-Windsor Tugboat race began on Saturday afternoon. Tugboat races started back in the 1950's and for many years they were discontinued. In 1976 the International Freedom Festival started the tradition once again. In 2003 the International Freedom Festival declared bankruptcy and the future of the race was in limbo. Local Detroit tug man Brian Williams, with help of numerous companies, individuals and the Detroit and Windsor Port Authorities was able to organize the event keeping the tradition alive. 22 tugs took to the river and put on an impressive show for the crowds lined on both sides of the river. New pictures added 6/28/04


Elisabeth. Mike Nicholls


Stern view. Mike Nicholls


Grey Fox. Mike Nicholls


Stern view. Mike Nicholls


Patricia Hoey. N. Schultheiss


R&R prepares for race. Mike Nicholls


Mike Nicholls


Westcott Dock the boats are decorated. The Joseph J. Hogan sports a new paint job. N. Schultheiss


Joan V. Mike Nicholls


Another view. N. Schultheiss


A friendly race, Karen Andrie crew steps out to talk. Scott Tomlinson


Julie Anne. Mike Nicholls


Karen Andrie. Mike Nicholls


Elisabeth. Scott Tomlinson


Bionic. N. Schultheiss


Norma B. Scott Tomlinson


Bionic. Mike Nicholls


Enterprise. Mike Nicholls


Another view. N. Schultheiss


Karen Andrie. Scott Tomlinson


Under construction, Acushnet sports her new cabins. Mike Nicholls


Huntington. Mike Nicholls


Paul E. No. 1. Scott Tomlinson


Acushnet. N. Schultheiss


"Polish Navy" N. Schultheiss


Tugs start to line up. N. Schultheiss


Julie Anne. N. Schultheiss


Close up. N. Schultheiss


Sinbad arrives. N. Schultheiss


We'll be landing in Canada for the awards ceremony, OPP collects the paper work.


Magnetic decked out for the races. N. Schultheiss


R&R. N. Schulthiess


Elisabeth. N. Schultheiss


J.W. Westcott enters the line up. Mike Nicholls


Joseph J. Hogan. N. Schultheiss


Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Preparing for the start. N. Schultheiss

Canadian Navy double checks our paper work. N. Schultheiss


Ready to start. N. Schultheiss


Tug Shannon starts moving for the rolling start. N. Schultheiss


View from the Grey Fox. Fred Miller


Westcott II along side. N. Schultheiss


Capt. Sam Buchanan prepares the Westcott for the race. N. Schultheiss


Rolling start as the tugs head for the starting line below the Ambassador Bridge. N. Schultheiss


Approaching the starting line. N. Schultheiss


Building up speed. N. Schultheiss


R&R moves up. N. Schultheiss


K Sea. N. Schultheiss


Race underway. Mike Nicholls

Field spreads out. Mike Nicholls

Another view. Mike Nicholls

Good start. N. Schultheiss

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Field spreads out. N. Schultheiss

K Sea & Julie Anne. N. Schultheiss


Sinbad rolls through the wake. N. Schultheiss


Patricia Hoey, R&R and Bionic. N. Schultheiss


Joseph J. Hogan. N. Schultheiss


Paul E. No. 1. N. Schultheiss


Leaders pass under the Ambassador Bridge.


Shannon along side Grey Fox. Fred Miller

Moving in close... Fred Miller

Closer... Fred Miller

Along side. Fred Miller

View downriver. N. Schultheiss

View from farther back in the pack. Scott Tomlinson

Scott Tomlinson
John van der Doe

John van der Doe

John van der Doe

Scott Tomlinson

Scott Tomlinson

Scott Tomlinson

Scott Tomlinson

Exhaust smoke fills the river.

Inside the Magnetic's wheel house. Scott Tomlinson

Karen Andrie builds up speed. Scott Tomlinson

Shannon and Grey Fox run neck & neck. N. Schultheiss

Onboard the Westcott. N. Schultheiss

View aft. N. Schultheiss

Karen Andrie gaining. N. Schultheiss

Shannon. N. Schultheiss

N. Schultheiss

Shannon neck and neck with the Grey Fox. N. Schultheiss

View from the Grey Fox. Fred Miller

Westcott tucked in behind. Fred Miller

Another view. Fred Miller

Race to the finish line. Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

USCG Cutter Bristol Bay is the finish line at Dieppe Park in Windsor. Fred Miller

 Wake reaches the Bristol Bay. N. Schultheiss

Grey Fox powers up the fire monitors. Fred Miller

Parade lap off Detroit. N. Schultheiss

Paul E. No. 1 turns for a parade lap. N. Schultheiss

Karen Andrie powers up a fire monitor. N. Schultheiss

Grey Fox with water flowing. N. Schultheiss

Bionic. N. Schultheiss

Parade lap. N. Schultheiss

Fred Miller


Tugs arrive to tie up at the park. N. Schultheiss


Lines thrown ashore. N. Schultheiss


Westcott II finished 3rd overall. N. Schultheiss

 

 


The Bristol Bay's ATON barge holds the awards ceremony. N. Schultheiss


Awards. N. Schultheiss


Last place award. N. Schultheiss


Sponsors. N. Schultheiss


Bristol Bay's galley staff kept busy preparing lunch. N. Schultheiss


Bill Hoey accepts the William Hoey Jr. award for finishing 1st in Class 1. N. Schultheiss


Bill Hoey, Jim Storen with Dave Cree Receiving Windsor Port Authority First across Trophy N. Schultheiss


Awards. N. Schultheiss


Steven Olinek/Bob Kerr getting the Class 6 1st place-Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Trophy. N. Schultheiss


Steven Olinek presents the Class Award to Capt. Sam Buchanan (left) Awards. N. Schultheiss


Most Seasoned Skipper Award went to Bill Hoey. N. Schultheiss


Josephine from Toledo. N. Schultheiss


Arrived late for the race. Mike Nicholls


Stern view. N. Schultheiss


Oceanis from Cape. May NJ. Did not participate in the race. N. Schultheiss


Charter boat Infinity passes. N. Schultheiss


Diamond Belle passes Windsor. N. Schultheiss


Fred Miller


Fred Miller


Tugs docked. N. Schultheiss


Magnetic. N. Schultheiss

Acushnet. N. Schultheiss

Fred Miller

Heading back to the Westcott dock the Huron Maid delivers to the Anderson. N. Schultheiss

Close up. N. Schultheiss


Another view. N. Schultheiss


Stern view. N. Schultheiss


Ferris Marine tugs head back to their dock on the Rouge River. N. Schultheiss

 

 


28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TUGBOAT RACE RESULTS
JUNE 19, 2004

 

TUGBOAT

OVERALL

FIRST OVERALL CLASSES 1-5

GREY FOX

1*

WINDSOR PORT AUTHORITY TROPHY

SHANNON

1*

CLASS 1

 

 

BILL HOEY JR TROPHY

SHANNON

1

 

KAREN ANDRIE

2

 

 

 

CLASS 2

 

 

WILLIAM W. ENGLAND TROPHY

PATRICIA HOEY

1

 

HUNTINGTON

2

 

 

 

CLASS 3

 

 

AMERICO DEAN JR TROPHY

PAUL E NO.1

1

 

ACUSHNET

2

 

ELIZABETH

3

 

MAGNETIC

4

 

 

 

CLASS 4

 

 

LIONEL HOTTE MEMORIAL  TROPHY

JUNIOR C

1

 

JULIE ANN

2

 

SINDBAD

3

 

R&R

4

 

JOAN V

5

 

NORMA B

6

 

 

 

CLASS 5

 

 

JOHN J CARRICK MEMORIAL TROPHY

ISABELLE

1

 

ENTERPRISE

2

 

 

 

CLASS 6: NON DISPLACEMENT

 

 

DETROIT WAYNE COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY

GREY FOX

1

 

J W WESTCOTT II

2

 

K SEA

3

 

DANNY BOY

4

 

JOSEPH J HOGAN

5

 

BIONIC

6

 

 

 

BEST DECORATED

JOAN V

 

MOST SEASONED SKIPPER

BILL HOEY

 

MOST SEASONED ENGINEER

JIM STOREN

 

 

* Grey Fox Finished First However Did Not Qualify Since It Was A Non-Displacement Hull  (Class 6) Shannon. A Close Second Displacement Hull Vessel Was Awarded The First Overall Trophy

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