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Dick's Towboat Gallery
Featuring Towboats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
Richard E.(Dick) Dunbar, Proprietor
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This web site is dedicated to the display of pictures of and information about towboats on the rivers of the United States. For pictures of and information about riverboats other than towboats or tugboats, check out Dick's Riverboat Gallery. One of the many joys of living and boating on the Mississippi River is the opportunity to observe the passage of large towboats plying their way up and downstream, engaging in commerce, carrying huge loads of grain, coal, petroleum products and other goods. Over the years I accumulated a collection of pictures of towboats as they passed by our home. Originally, this web site was to display those pictures, mostly taken by me in various locations around St. Paul, MN, primarily near mile 819.4 on the Upper Mississippi River (UMR), about twenty miles downstream of St. Paul. However, a funny thing happened along the way. Thanks to the efforts of many fine folks who have contributed pictures, information and assistance (see CREDITS below), this web site can no longer be considered as primarily devoted to one area. It now contains pictures taken in locations up and down the Mississippi, Ohio, and other rivers. Some of the earlier photographs were taken long ago, while the latest ones were taken in the last few weeks or days. At any given time, some of them may have been taken just yesterday.

If you have good photographs you have taken of towboats on the Mississippi, or the Ohio, or any of the Western Rivers, and you would like them displayed here, send them to me via an e-mail attachment, and I will post them along with the proper credits. I may adjust color balance, brightness, contrast, etc., and/or crop them as I feel necessary, although I'll try to disturb your work as little as possible. Photos are typically displayed here at 640 x 480 resolution, but I prefer starting with higher resolution photos so that there is more leeway for cropping. My e-mail is on broadband, so any resolution that's not too painful for you to upload is OK.

Disclaimer: Dick's Towboat Gallery is a private, non profit entity. It is not affiliated with any company or companies in the towboating or any other industry or business. Vessel or company names and/or logos that appear in photographs are incidental, and do not imply any association.


Where known, the size and power of the towboat, documentation number, ownership and name change history are shown along with the photograph(s). Boat pages added or updated starting in mid-December of 2010 also contain ownership history as well as engine and machinery specifications. Most of this and other information shown was derived from the 2015 and earlier editions of the "INLAND RIVER RECORD", edited by Dan Owen. Copies are available through "The Waterways Journal".

Others who have contributed pictures and/or information to the Towboat Gallery:

    Rex Agnew   Andrew Albertson   Bill Alden   Kenny Allain
    Scott Alvey   John Ambrose   Joe Angert   Jim Armstrong   Jimmy Bade
    Myron Balchin, Sr.   John Banicki   John Barnhill   Capt. Les Barrois
    Dave Bauerbach   Mickie Bello   Charles Bernhardt   Rusty Besanson
    Mike Bevins   Roger Blanchard   Mike Blitgen   Manfred Boehmer
    Carel Boon   Tracy Bowie   Kevin Box   Chris Brewer   David Bridges
    Chris Brown   Joshua Brown   'Towboat Joe' Brown   Larry Brown   Ted F. Brunt
    Josh Burgess   Kyle Caddell   Steve Campion   Mark L. Carl
    Capt. Jerry Carlton   Rex Carlyle   Danny Casey   Heather Cecil
    Gale Chapman III   William P. Cheshire   Joe Cieslak   Steve Colby
    Katie Cook   Capt. Matt Crafton   Lee Creech   Craig Creppel
    Kasey Cummings   Glen Daigrepont   Dan Dalrymple   Linda Day
    John E. Dawson   David Dewey   Greg Dickerson   Shawn Dickerson
    Don Dixon   Phil Dufrene   Todd Dunbar   Chris Dunn   Capt. Sam Elliott
    Barbara Agnew Ellis   Frank Ellis   John Ellis   John L. Evans   Ray Falk
    Capt. Bob Felch   R. J. Floyd   William Gaudet   Tom Geier   Justin Gerard
    Chick Gerber   Bill Fryer   Capt. Tom Gerry   Kim Gleason
    Andy Grant   Chris Graves   Michael Gremillion   Barry Griffith
    Don Grot   Bill Haines   Harley Hall   Scott Hardin   Mark Haury
    Joe Hawkins   Brandon Hayes   Thomas Hegland   Rick Helmerdinger
    Michael Herschler   Robby Hess   David Hibbs   Dave Hicks
    John Holbrook   Mark Hovis   Jon Hudson   Steve Huffman   Judi Hughes
    David Jackson   Kris Jacobi   Woody Jasperson   Eric M. Johnson
    Stan Johnson   Tom Johnson   Tony Johnston   Zane Johnston
    Erek Kahl   V. J. Kennedy   Jessica Kirby   Rolf Klein
    Ladonna_Knoth   Sue Kossow   Chuck Krwszewski   Mark Kuntz
    Richard L. Kurtz   David L.   Matt Lagarde   Blaine Landry
    George Lange   Kyle Larson   Tim Laughlin   Todd Lehman
    J. R. Liemberg   Justin Lunceford   Brent Maletic   Jeff Manning
    Marv Market   Ed Mars   Shawn Martinez   W. Matherne   Arloe Mayne
    Sheldon McDonald   Jason McPhearson   Karen Meder   Darrin Melvin
    Jim Mihalek   Chad Miller   Joe Miller   John R. Miller   Capt. Tim Miller
    Ed Moe   Walter Morris   Karl Morley   Matt Morrow   Benjamin Mudd
    Fran Mullen   Henry Mullen   Chuck Myers   C. R. Neale III   Will Nelson
    Mark Nichols   Adolfo Nunez   Joe Orban   Bill Otten   Dan Owen
    Tom Parks   John Payne   Hayden Pearson   Sonny Pierce   Marian Phillips
    Bill Pilger   Tommy Plaisance   Nick Ploysa   Lee Powell   Tim & Lori Powell
    James Pyle   Michael Quinton   Rudi Rabe   George Reichhardt   Ron Richardson
    Don Rodriguez   Joshua Romero   Sean Romero   Dan Ross   Jim & Adam Ross
    Jeremy Runde   Eric Schade   Linley Schmidt   Joe Schneid   Brian Sedlvy
    Chris Shelby   Howard Simpson   Laurie Skrivan   Capt. Billy Smith
    Dale Smith   David Smith   J. Cecil Smith   Patrick Smith
    Danny Stafford   Greg Staton   Ron Stricklen   George Stringham
    Shane Strouse   Capt. Laurence Suire   Nels Swanson   Jeremy_Tardy
    Dustin Taylor   Roger Theide   David Thompson   Bill Toninato
    Ed Tremewan   Chris Verdun   Howard C. Vidrine   Tom Waller
    Paul Welsh   David Wetzel   Edward Wilhite   Timothy Wilkerson
    Trey Wilkinson   Rob Williams   Scott Wood   Chad Wray
    Jeff L. Yates   Patrick Yough   Brian Zody   'Old River Bill' Zumwalt

Many thanks for your contributions. They are greatly appreciated.


A few of the towboats in this collection are unidentified, either because the name was not visible due to the angle of the photograph, or it was unreadable. These are displayed under the heading Unidentified Towboats. If you recognize one of these unidentified vessels, please send me an e-mail, using the link near the bottom of the page. I would love to have all the boats in the gallery identified.


Click on the main image above or on any towboat name in the menus on the left, and you will be taken to a page containing the photo(s) of that towboat. Click on any image in the thumbnails list below the menus on any page, and a larger version of that image will replace the main image on the then-current page. Clicking on one of the arrows next to the thumbnails list on any page will rotate the list up or down. Clicking on the or links above the main image on any page will cause a larger version of the next or previous image in the thumbnails list to replace the current image. Clicking on the link above the main image will cause all the photos for that boat to be shown one after the other, continuing until some other link is selected. Enjoy!


There's a new Slide Show feature that works for all Towboat Gallery pages other than the home page. If a page has more than one photo, a link will be located between the and links, just above the main photo. Clicking on the link will start a slide show of all the photos of that boat. The slide show will continue until you make another menu selection, click on a thumbnail image, or click on one of the , or links. Enjoy!


I finally figured out how to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, offer different menus for people who want to look for towboats in a different order. Starting August 1, 2011, when you first enter the Towboat Gallery, you will see a "Select Desired Menu" menu with a choice of several menus; the first being the usual one, showing the boats in alphabetic order by name; a second menu with the boats in order by length, longest first; a third menu with the boats in order by power, highest first; a fourth menu with the boats in alphabetic order by builder; a fifth menu with boats listed by number of screws, quadruple to single; a sixth menu with the boats listed by age, oldest first; and a seventh menu listing the credited photographers in alphabetical order, followed by a list of the boats where their photographs appear. Once you make your selection, the menu that you chose is the one that will continue to be shown, unless you decide to switch menus. Each menu will contain an entry labeled "Select a Different Menu"; clicking on that entry will return you to the "Select Desired Menu" menu. Let me know if you find this feature useful and workable. I have some more ideas for developments in menu selections, but I'll keep those to myself until I figure out how to do them.


Here are links to other interesting Towboat and/or River related sites. If you like my Towboat Gallery, I'm sure you will like these sites as well. Enjoy!

Shove It With A Towboat

The Wheelhouse Report

Information for mariners
on America's waterways

Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum

W. Va. Towboat Photos

The Riverbend Towatcher's

Riverlorian.com: River
Books, Maps, & Programs

Steam Tug Baltimore
Restoration Project

Your River News & Entertainment
Source for the Mississippi, Illinois &
Missouri Rivers in the St. Louis Area

Tug Pegasus


B & M Midstream Barge Services

Old River Bill's
R/C Model Towboats

Blue Heron's Nest

Hobbies & Crafts

An online magazine dedicated to
the lifestyle and challenges of
professional towboating.

The National Mississippi
River Museum

Towboat Photography
by Jeff L. Yates

Image Library

The Covington Inn
Bed & Breakfast

Big River Magazine

Little River Books

The Waterways Journal

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