Tug Boat Race on the Detroit River dates back to 1949
and was originally a loosely organized event. For many years the
event was discontinued until 1976 when 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 long standing tradition alive.
1954 Detroit tugboat race.
Sid B. Ferriss Collection, courtesy Wade P. Streeter