Working his summers as a galley boy under Captain Irving Johnson on the brigantine Yankee, the young Corning Townsend mentored by the legendary mariner rose to third mate in three years aboard. Corning Townsend attended the University of Michigan from 1959-1967 where he obtained a BS & MS in both Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He worked for the University of Michigan in the Towing Tank & then at MARIN in the Netherlands as the Guest Scientific Officer for two years performing hydrodynamic research and testing shallow draft vessels. Corning worked under the wing of the late Clancy Horton who is credited with developing the modern towboat and later opened CT Marine in 1970. Nearly fifty years later, Townsend now mentors his son Christian who both have worked tirelessly side by side for decades to create and maintain the most respected Towboat brand in the World.