This tug has always been at the top
Of my list. It began with the Boatnerd tug conversion article in “The Art of the Modelbuilder.” It featured the Lindbergh Diesel Tug, which was one of the kits originally offered by Pyro as Despatch No. 9, a ‘civilianized’ Army ST tug.
I was particularly drawn to the Army Corps of Engineers Forney, as it was modified with, among other things, an upper level platform around the front of the pilot house, with a ladder going down to the foredeck.
I was able to get a copy of the Model Builder Plan. I also obtained John Fry’s plan for the ST, as there are some inaccuracies in the Model Builder plan for an ST, as the door and porthole layout is not identical on both cabin sides, and the pilot house roof needs to be modified to appear as it was for an ST.
I wrote the Corps of Engineers for more info on the Forney. Their response was that she had been sold to Heritage Marine in Duluth, and rename Edward H. I then contacted Heritage Marine for some additional photos, particularly the mounting of the additional platform around the pilot house.
My actual construction has been delayed due to health issues, but I still expect to be able to get to it.
I also live close enough to San Pedro to have seen and photographed Angel’s Gate for additional detail.