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30TH Annual International Tugboat Race on the Detroit River June 24, 2006
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With the roar of diesel engines and lots of black smoke, the 30th Annual Detroit-Windsor Tugboat race began on Saturday afternoon. Tugboat races started back in 1949 and for many years they were discontinued. In 1976 the International Freedom Festival started the tradition once again. In 2003 the International Freedom Festival declared bankruptcy and the future of the race was in limbo. Local Detroit tug man Brian Williams, with help of numerous companies, individuals and the Detroit and Windsor Port Authorities was able to organize the event keeping the tradition alive.