Story of the Edna G

Story of the Edna G  – The Edna G was a tugboat operated on the Great Lakes for over 80 years. It was built in 1896 and was initially named the Edward H. Rozell. In 1919, the tugboat was sold to the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company. It was renamed the Edna G. It worked as a harbor tug, assisting large ore boats in docking and undocking at the company’s Two Harbors ore docks in Minnesota. Named after the daughter, Edna Greatsinger, of the President of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad president, this tug boat is still in operating condition. The original engine is still in place. A 1000 hp boiler was installed in the 1940’s. I’s steel hull was reinforced for ice-breaking duty. Operating with a crew of four, the Edna G was used around the dock to help boats dock, move boats around from dock to dock, and assist in life-saving efforts. Except for two years in WW1, Edna G has always called Two Harbors and Agate Bay her home. The Edna G was retired in 1981 and was eventually donated to Two Harbors. It was restored and is now on display as a museum ship at the Two Harbors waterfront. Visitors can tour the tugboat and learn about its history and role in the Great Lakes shipping industry. 

 Overall Length: 110 ft, 91 feet on keel 

Beam: 23 feet Height: 15.5 feet 

Rudder: 11 ft 

Draft: 15.5 feet. 

 Information provided from plaque near the tug.