GREAT LAKE WARRIORS is a new 8-part HISTORY series from Towers that dives into the lives of the tough tugboat crews who call the 94,000 square miles of the Great Lakes home. It’s the story of men who battle the elements, wrestle with runaway vessels, fight fatigue and sometimes risk all in the struggle to make a living. They are tugboat men, sailors in constant combat with the deadly storms and hazards of the Great Lakes– men who work against the clock, fighting thick ice forming in every direction under treacherous winter conditions, and winds so fierce they could knock an entire crew off the deck in the blink of an eye.
For some, the tug business is the family heritage. For others, it’s a lifelong dream. But for all of the GREAT LAKE WARRIORS, it’s a life-on-the-line mission to get the job done and make it back home alive.
Filming was done on Lake Michigan, including Calumet Harbor, Illinois; Gary and Burns Harbors, Indiana; Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Sturgeon Bay, and Marinette, Wisconsin; and on Lake Superior, including Duluth-Superior Harbor and Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada. GREAT LAKE WARRIORS is produced by Towers Productions in association with our partners, Compass Point Productions.