The Travels of Tug 44

Fred Wehner

Fred Wehner at the helm (2007)

The Travels of Tug 44 was the product of Fred Wehner, the owner and captain of Tug 44, an American Tug pilothouse trawler which Fred had built for him by Tomco Marine Group of LaConner, Washington in 2003. The Travels of Tug 44 presents a photo journal of Fred's travels on the Erie Canal, the Champlain Canal and the Hudson River during the first two decades of the 21st century. (Click the picture to the right to see a larger image)

Unfortunately, in the words of a posting to the Facebook group Tugboat Roundup: "We are saddened to learn the news that our longtime friend and Tugboat Roundup supporter, Fred Wehner, has passed away. Fred was the keeper of the most robust TBR photo archives. For many years Fred labeled and organized his high quality photos (along with other photos from New York State waterways) on his website,, and graciously let us use his images for posters, shirts, press releases, and publications. Fred was an artist, an archivist, an enthusiast, and a consummate host. We will always be grateful for his contribution to the keeping of our history. Thank you, Fred. Fair winds and following seas."

Fred's obituary read (in part): "Saturday September 25th 2021, Fort Edward [NY]. Horst "Fred" Wehner, 70, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at his home after a long illness. Born on June 5, 1951, in Bochum, Germany, he was the son of the late Guenther and Anita (Saueressig) Wehner. After attending Stevens Institute of Technology, Fred worked his way up in the electronics industry. In 1976, he started his own business called Control Systems Company. He was designing and building control panels for roller coasters, nuclear power plants, ... among other things. Fred was a noted wildlife photographer, operating The Fort Edward Wildlife Magazine. Many of his photos were in the Fort Edward Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid boater, operating Tug 44 on the Champlain, and Erie Canal, and he enjoyed spending time with friends and family."

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