Western Towboat Company in Seattle, WA has been a family owned business since 1948. They operate tugs and barges from Puget Sound to the Aleutian Islands, from Arctic Alaska to the Hawaiian Islands and to the Panama Canal. They provide customers with one of the most modern, custom built & designed tug & barge fleets on the West Coast.

Western Towboat started with one small tug the N D TOBEY. In the early days Bob Sr. functioned as business agent, captain, engineer. He brought an intense work ethic to all of these tasks and held himself accountable to the highest standards. Western’s tugs then, as now, are maintained more like yachts than work boats. The smart looking tugs with the blue stacks and the yellow and white house are a clear reflection of Bob Sr’s personal pride and dedication.

Whether it’s at the helm of the Company or on-board one of their tugs the Shrewsburys continue their father’s hands on commitment to the business. Modern equipment, all custom designed and built in WESTERN’S own yard, operated by experienced, hardworking crew offering customers professional, competitive ocean and harbor towing services.