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THE LAST COAL-FIRED, STEAM-POWERED TUGBOAT OPERATING ON LAKE SUPERIOR
Agate Bay, Two Harbors, Minnesota
Contributed by Rod & Judy Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota
The Edna G Tugboat
Judy Ness

This grand old tugboat now parked in Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Minnesota was -- until 1981 -- the last coal-fired, steam-powered tugboat still working on Lake Superior. Originally built in with a wooden hull in 1896, she was later converted to a steel-hulled vessel and reinforced to work as an ice-breaker. The interior of the Tug has polished birch paneling and custom brass fittings. The tug was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and remains in operating condition while serving as an interpretative center administered by the Lake County Historical Society.

Photo of the engine compartment

More museums in the Two Harbors area

Location:
Along the shore of Agate Bay on Waterfront Drive about seven blocks south of Highway 61, (North Shore Scenic Drive) in Two Harbors, MN.

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Photographed by Rod Ness 9/23/07
Posted on RoadTrip America 10/07



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