Shaver’s Samantha S a tug for all seasons

The Columbia River has presented a challenge to towing companies like Shaver Transportation since the pioneer days in the late 1800’s when steam-powered sternwheelers had to handle all types of work, from towing and docking sailing ships to moving wooden barges loaded with wheat and lumber. By the 1960’s, the Snake/Columbia Navigation System had opened a new barge route 450 miles upstream to Lewiston, Idaho, adding another challenge for Shaver’s crews and boats. Today, Shaver is still equipping many of its new tugs for the dual roles of ship-assist and barge work.

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