S.S. Petersburg on the Move

The Michele Foss, in the photo above, towed the U.S. Navy tanker SS Petersburg past the downtown San Francisco skyline June, on the way from the Suisan Bay Ready Reserve Fleet to Vigor shipyard in Portland for maintenance. In the photo below, The Michele leads the ship up the Columbia River on the last leg of the trip. The assist tugs were the Kalama on the starboard side, the Peter J Brix on the stern and the Bo Brusco on the port side.   The 736-foot Petersburg entered service in 1963 after it was built at Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore.