If This Tug Could Talk… The Story of the ANGELS GATE

If this tug could talk.. .you would hear about a long and colorful career on the Los Angeles waterfront.

Built in 1944 for the U.S. Army Transport Service as ST-695, ANGELS GATE is the only example of her class to be preserved as a museum vessel. Whether towing barges, hosting harbor tours and special events, or serving as the museum’s floating ambassador, ANGELS GATE has been on the scene for over 50 years.


The black and white photo depicts ANGELS GATE as she appeared as a working vessel in the Port of Los Angeles.


In this photo from 1999, ANGELS GATE and part of her crew hosted Huell Howser [third from left] as he broadcast a harbor tour for KCET – Los Angeles Public Television.

The exhibit included photographs, logbook entries, and mementos of ANGELS GATE, and was on view through the summer of 2000.