South Shore Towing
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419-836-9123 or 800-618-6926

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About Our Company
In the spring of 1983 with one boat, one captain and a few crew members, South Shore Towing and Salvage was established as a marine towing and salvage company servicing recreational boaters on the western end of Lake Erie. Since then we have expanded to offer Marine specialty services such as Emergency Airboat services, Boat and barge rental/leasing, Front end loaders and snowplowing.

Vernon Meinke, owner and operator of South Shore Towing and Salvage, received much of his experience in the marine field from commercial marina contracting in the family business since the age of 13. Captain Meinke spent many hours on Lake Erie and realized the need of assistance for disabled boaters was in demand.

In 1993 the business was expanded by the purchase of Lake Erie Emergency Service. The covered service area doubles to include the Michigan shore line of Lake Erie to the Detroit River Light.

In 2003 South Shore Towing and Salvage opened a new port in Bolles Harbor, Michigan. This helped them to give faster response times to local disabled boaters in Michigan and surrounding areas. South Shore Towing and Salvage now had full port operations on the North and South shores of Lake Erie.

Currently, South Shore Towing and Salvage operates seven vessels including RHIBs, Open deck work boats , and Airboats. Maintains a full office staff that can be reached 24hrs / 7 days a week via phone, email, or VHF marine radio Channel 16.

In 2012 South Shore Towing And Salvage opened a new division Airboat Services in which they were contracted with power and utility companies during Hurricane Sandy. Airboat services are not restricted to a certain service area our equipment is available and truck able to anywhere in the country.

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