Edna G

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For the shipwrecked fishing vessel, see Edna G. shipwreck (eastern rig dragger).
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Name: Edna G
Owner: Duluth and Iron Range Railroad
Builder: Cleveland Shipbuilding Company
Cost: $35,397.50
In service: 1898–1931, 1933–1981
Status: National Historic Landmark
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Installed power: coal-fired steam-engine
Edna G
Edna G is located in Minnesota
Edna G
Location Two Harbors, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°1′0.84″N 91°40′21.52″W / 47.0169000°N 91.6726444°W / 47.0169000; -91.6726444Coordinates: 47°1′0.84″N 91°40′21.52″W / 47.0169000°N 91.6726444°W / 47.0169000; -91.6726444
Built 1896[1]
Architect Cleveland Ship Building Company[2]
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 75002144[3]
Added to NRHP June 5, 1975[2]

Edna G is a tugboat which worked the Great Lakes and is now preserved as a museum ship. Edna G was built by the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company in 1896 for the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad at a cost $35,397.50. She was named for the daughter of J. L. Greatsinger, president of the railroad.[4]

Home-ported at Two Harbors, Minnesota, Edna G moved ships and barges carrying iron ore and taconite from the Mesabi Range and other smaller sites in the Iron Range region of northeast Minnesota. She spent her entire working career at Two Harbors with the exception of World War I (1917–1919) when she served on the eastern seaboard. She was out of service from 1931 to 1933 due to the depression.[4]

Over the years Edna G was involved in several shipwreck rescues including the surviving crew of the Madeira. Her last tow was the Cason J. Calloway on December 30, 1980. She was the last coal-fired, steam-engine tug in service on the lakes when she was retired in 1981.[1][4] Edna G. is one of the attractions of the Lake County Historical Society in Two Harbors.

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  1. ^ a b "Edna G. Tugboat". Lake County Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". National Park Service. 2007-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b c "Water Transportation: Edna G. (tugboat)". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 

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