Photos Of Real Tow Boats to inspire Vac-U-Tow Builders. 

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The Vac-U-Tow was inspired by the Crounse Line of single-screw towboats. Click the photo to see details of the Patsy Coleman.

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Mark A. captured the Mabel L in New Orleans. Apparently working hard on a Saturday.
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Heading North? This tiny-yet-powerful towboat pushes a barge with an excavator on it near Punta Gorda Florida. Cleaning up hurricane damage.
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Barry sent this photo of a twin-screw Crounse boat, the Yvonne Conway in Kentucky. Also, the E. Bronson Ingram at Nashville Tennessee.
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Annilou taken at Vicksburg, MS. Similar scale to the Vac-U-Tow. Apac Leader taken at confluence of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Cairo, IL
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Don caught these two work boats coming together in a bit of a contest. At full throttle, they were likely not just shaking hands.
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This tow boat has a shallow V hull. More photos from Don in Cincinnati
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Note the height of the barge (empty?) compared to the work boat. Larger "Trip Class"? tow boat.