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David Nelson (pictured today), Hobart Finn's business partner in a trucking firm, arrived on the scene, where he found water gushing into the hull of the Essayons on Monday. (Bob King /

Hard-luck tug sinks in Duluth harbor


DULUTH - Hobart Finn's dream of turning an 85-foot tugboat into Duluth's first floating bed and breakfast may finally be sunk for good.

On Monday afternoon, the 91-year-old Essayons began to take on water.

Finn was out of town, but David Nelson, his business partner in a trucking firm, Julie's Big Trucks, received word the boat appeared to be sitting unusually low in the water. When he arrived on the scene, he found water rising inside the vessel's hull.

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