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In 1976, the Julie Anne went to work for the Michigan Maritime Salvage Company, but not before being extensively re-outfitted. Her new owner repaired the bottom of her damaged hull, installed a new engine, and added a new wheelhouse, running gear and power. Now, the Julie Anne, sporting a new look and the Theodore Tugboat Floating Friend Flag, patrols the waters of the Detroit River and Lake Michigan, moving barges and participating in salvage work.
The Julie Anne may be small, but she has completed some very big jobs. In the line of duty, she pulled a barge transporting a giant crane to the site of a flipped offshore vessel and helped the crane raise the sunken ship. She rescued a 275' barge caught in a storm at sea, and brought it back to safety, and has also freed many yachts run aground.