An Online History of the Mighty Towboat

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Towboat/Tugboat Mirrors
It's truly ironic that this towboat, which was so unsinkable, has managed to sink a large number of websites. The bandwidth load, apparently is just far too much for a lot of the sites that have put up mirrors. Based on my limited research, I've constructed somewhat of a timeline of mirrors. This page is by no means some sort of authoritative source of information, it's just something I put up to keep track of the goings on of the towboat. If you think there's information to be added or fixed, please email me.

Update: 06/04/02!
Professional Mariner magazine has published an article about the towboat pictures and their history on and off the net: This site specificly gets mentioned and linked!

Pages Sunk By the Towboat: (Original Page ?) a note concerning possible copyright violations has been posted here. But there is very little information. found this mirror via google

Still working as of 06/04/02
also see the "about" page here: this mirror combines the real information with the pictures also found this mirror via google
see also: (java applet) (bandwidth restrictions from geocities, but the site is up) (bandwidth restrictions from tripod, but the site is up) (bandwidth restrictions from geocities, but the site is up)

Some discussion groups have started as a result of the boat.
There's also some threads on [H]ardocp but I'm not going to go dig them out.

Create your own mirror: Internet Explorer has a nice feature that lets a user save a page and all the corresponding pictures to their local hard drive. You can do this, or you can download this handy zip file. All I would ask is that you email me the link to your mirror.

Real History
Professional Mariner magazine has the true history of the event: now has an entry on this event. It has some additional and different information than below.

The below text is from

Justin, The two sites involved drew 85,000 visitors in about 2 1/2 days. I'm stuck with over $3,000.00 in over limit bills from my server owner (Rapidsite). This has become a nightmare. I'm disabled and this money will have to come out of our life savings. I only sent the site to a few friends (now ex-friends) who sent to everyone in the whole world. I've never heard of such a thing happening. Needless to say, the sites no longer exist.

I did find out a lot about the incident though. The boat is the MV Cahaba owned by Warrior and Gulf Navigation of Mobile, AL. The pictures were taken by an amateur photgrapher named Barger. This happened in April, 1979 at Demopolis, AL on the Warrior River. Nobody was seriously injured and the boat continued to it's destination with the barges. To my knowledge, the boat is still in service. The bridge has since been replaced.

The site that drew some many visitors and a $3000 bill is apparently the site mentioned above. If someone has the original URL, let me know.

If you feel a great need to email me you can do so by going to this form.
I may respond, I may not. What I won't do is email you the pics. You're a smart person, you figure it out.

If, for some reason, you'd like to say "thanks" for setting this all up (I know that I would) you could order a gen-u-ine phulemug or phule-t from the phulestore!. I don't make any money off of the phuleWare so the thank you would only be that I know that someone is using a phule-t or mug :)