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"Grouper" tugboat was purchased on eBay
SUBMITTED by Robert Stopper (8-Dec-2011)

When Alan Baker and his family left the North Slopes of Alaska and headed south in their converted Greyhound bus, they were not exactly sure what they would see when they reached their final destination, the banks of the Erie Canal in Lyons, New York.

Alan had recently purchased a boat–and not just any boat. It was an old rusty tugboat, built in 1912, that had a rich history, but it had been asleep on the Erie Canal waters for several years.

Alan had read many blogs about the abandoned Tugboat, and he knew that rusty parts would need new welding, many wires would need to be reconnected, and the engine would certainly need a powerwash and a hygienic cleanup before he and the family could go cruising and sleep aboard– maybe a few months of work or maybe even a year. Alan’s wife was already dreaming of a color scheme and a new name for the newly acquired tug.

Finally, after many, many miles on the highway, Alan and his family arrived at the canal banks in Lyons, and there she was, still floating and bobbing in the waters. Said Alan, “So this is it–“the Grouper”–she is afloat–time to get to work and beat the snow–and to think that I bought it on eBay!”


Grouper family

Grouper in Lyons, NY on 19 November 2011

Grouper owner Alan Baker


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9 Comments to "“The Grouper” Along the Erie Canal"

  1. Gerry Benedict Said,

    Ah...that explains it. I saw this old tug boat just west of the Lyons' dry dock complex on one of my long Sunday walks. Neat.

    Posted on Tue Dec 13, 07:00:00 AM EST

  2. harley rocks Said,

    Any progress yet ?

    Posted on Fri Sep 05, 10:47:00 PM EDT

  3. Unknown Said,

    & there she still sits. rotting and almost 2016.....I think he bit of more than he could eat...I expect do find out that it flooded and sank one day...such a shame that a 100 year old tug ( baptised Gary & spent most of its life as the Greenbay) would die this way

    Posted on Fri Nov 13, 09:36:00 PM EST

  4. Peter Vonk Said,

    I was out bid on E bay by this guy, I still want the boat, Peter3611@Yahoo.com

    Posted on Tue May 17, 10:47:00 PM EDT

  5. Jonathan Simmonds Said,

    2016 & she's still floating....when will the State seize her...somebody save her before she sinks..

    Posted on Tue Aug 09, 01:49:00 PM EDT

  6. Jonathan Simmonds Said,

    what is needed is a group of volunteers to save her...So much is required it would break the bank of just one.... We need a save the tugboat non profit group

    Posted on Tue Aug 09, 01:52:00 PM EDT

  7. Unknown Said,

    My grandfather the capt.my father was the deck hand with him as well. I now am a Capt. Back in Green Bay wi. And want to get the tug back to green bay.

    Posted on Tue Dec 20, 11:00:00 PM EST

  8. Christian Sowers Said,

    Please contact me if possible on any info on her.



    Posted on Tue Dec 20, 11:01:00 PM EST

  9. Joshua J. Herrmann Said,

    I was wondering if that tug had an owner. I've seen it sitting there for five years now. Any idea if he's gonna finish it?

    Posted on Tue Jun 20, 11:39:00 AM EDT


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