Sunken tugboat lifted from water in South Haven

The Wilhelm Baum outside the Michigan Maritime Museum. (Courtesy the museum's Facebook page -- June 18, 2012)
The Wilhelm Baum outside the Michigan Maritime Museum. (Courtesy the museum's Facebook page -- June 18, 2012)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A tugboat that sunk last month behind the Michigan Maritime Museum in southwestern Michigan has been lifted from the water.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Wilhelm Baum was removed Sunday using a crane, several barges and small boats. The tugboat’s co-owner Sheral Bradley says it took three days of work to remove the vessel from the Black River in South Haven.

Bradley says it’s not known why the tugboat sank. No one was aboard at the time of the sinking and the vessel had been docked.

The Wilhelm Baum was built in 1923 as an Army Corps of Engineers tugboat, and the newspaper’s archives say that the tugboat in 2003 got a permanent spot at the museum docks. South Haven is located about 50 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette

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