The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 10 Oct 1930

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Fish Tug Sold. Two Rivers -- Because the present Wisconsin law restricts fishing to not less than two and five-eights inch mesh nets, it caused, according to its owners, the sale of the tug Faithful by Capt. Henry La Fond and son to Capt. Frank Ropke, South Chicago fisherman. The boat, the former owners said, was much too large to fish under present conditions. The Faithful, built in 1925, was the largest craft in the local fishing fleet and was considered one of the biggest Deisel (sic) type tugs on the west shore of the lake. For the last few years it had been used for transporting fruit in the fall besides fishing in the winter.

While being taken south recently, the tug was forced to seek shelter in Milwaukee harbor during the heavy blow and was rammed amidships by the Goodrich-West Ports freighter Waukegan that was leaving for Chicago. The Waukegan was able to continue on its way and the Faithful, badly dented, went safely into the harbor.

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
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Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 10 Oct 1930