TowBoatU.S. announces changes in Wisconsin, Maryland

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TowBoatU.S. announced a new Wisconsin location and new owners for its Solomons, Md., location.

Capt. Jack Manley, a former Great Lakes Shipmaster, tug captain and Chicago policeman, opened TowBoatU.S. Kenosha, Wis., an on-the-water towing port that provides assistance to recreational boaters.

Located at Kenosha Harbor, this is the seventh TowBoatU.S. location owned by Manley. The other six ports are located in Chicago; Waterway, Ill.; Waukegan, Ill.; Michigan City, Mich.; New Buffalo, Mich.; and Hammond, Ind.

TowBoatU.S. Kenosha is equipped with two response vessels, a 21-foot Triumph and a 25-foot Steiger Craft. Onboard each is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps and battery “jump packs” to handle dead batteries.

Capt. Manley is a retired USCG Reserve officer and a member of Friends of the River, Friends of the Lakefront and has affiliations with several local yacht clubs.

Capt. Mike Shaw and his wife, Deirdre, are the new owners of TowBoatU.S. Solomons, Md., located at Harbor Island Marina. For the last six years, Mike Shaw was the company's hired captain before purchasing the business from former owner Jane French.

TowBoatU.S. Solomons is equipped with two response vessels — a 29-footer and 32-footer.

The Shaws have been Maryland residents since 1998, when Mike Shaw was running his own head boat.

This article originally appeared in the July 2008 issue.

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