Created by local Leland artist, Malcolm Chatfield, the Tug emblem has acted as Leland’s unofficial logo, and a reminder of our heritage, for over a decade. Based on Malcolm’s artwork from 1970’s Leelanau, the Tug emblem represents the old fashioned fishing tug characteristic of 1900 Fishtown. Leland is one of the last few fishing ports to still actively use tugs for fishing Lake Michigan waters. Many Leelanau locals and visitors alike view our Tug emblem as a representation of this unique place we all love and the qualities it stands for: Family, fun, community, heritage, and the Leelanau utopia.

Also created by Malcolm and growing in popularity is the signature “Port Hole View” emblem. This circular artwork represents the view one sees from the Tug as it leaves Leland Harbor on its daily fishing trips. Anyone who has visited Leland will recognize this design to include the famous local landmarks of Van’s Beach, Whaleback and the Manitou Islands over Lake Michigan.

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