The Edna G. was built in 1896 by the Cleveland Ship Building Company. She was named after Edna Greatsinger, daughter of Jacob Greatsinger, then president of the D & IR Railroad . Her one thousand horsepower engine used twenty-five tons of coal a week. She is 110 feet long and has a 23-foot beam.
The Edna G. has seen continuous service at Two Harbors until her retirement, except when she was seized by the U.S. government and sent to the east coast during WWI. There she guided naval vessels and hauled supplies.
In 1974, the Edna G. was designated a National Historic Site, as the only steam powered tug operating on the Great Lakes. She was donated to the City of Two Harbors after her retirement in 1981.
During the Bicentennial, a one-mile race was held between the Edna G, a Coast Guard cutter and a diesel-powered tug. She defeated them easily. After the race, Captain Adolph Ojard commented, “Now when Edna retires, she can go with dignity”.
The Edna G Tugboat is looked after by the Edna G Commission. The Commission serves as an advisory board to the City of Two Harbors. This past year (2013) the Commission and the City of Two Harbors invested over $56,000 in maintenance and repair on the historic tug. Projects included a complete hull survey, new mooring lines, the installation of new dock fenders to protect the tug during storms, new covers for the water cannon and whistles, a new bilge pump alarm system, and new railings on the dock for safety and so she appears more inviting to tourists who may want to tour the tug. The Edna G Commission is Micheal Lackore- Chair, Mel Sando- Vice Chair, Thomas Koehler - Secretary, Jack Kangas, and City Councillor Seth McDonald. The Commission has two open seats if you are interested in serving on the tug commission please contact Mayor Bolen at the City of Two Harbors.
Web Development by Creative Arc, a Minneapolis Web Design firm.