Tugboats make their way across Sturgeon Bay, Wis., in a scene from "Great Lake Warriors" which premiered on The History Channel July 19. The eight-episode reality series is about the rough and sometimes dangerous life of tugboat crews on the Great Lakes. Photos courtesy of George Houde.
Nathan Dawson hauls in a line during a ship tow in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sometimes working around the clock, tug crews are called upon to haul materials, tow ships, and sometimes help in search and rescue operations. A new captain, Dawson may eventually take over Thunder Bay Tug Co. from his father, Gerry Dawson. Photos courtesy of George Houde.
Former Courier-News reporter George Houde upon return to Marinette-Menominee from Buffalo on Dec. 24, 2010. Behind him is a barge loaded with wind turbine towers that had been stuck in the frozen lake.