Eric is a Great Lakes style freight steamship. He is smaller than most, and is mainly used to haul lumber. His best friend is Lee, the sailing scow which he sometimes tows. He is good friends with the Star Tugs, particularly Hugh, as they both work Up River. He proved his worth to the bigger freighters when he went out into a storm to rescue Terry, who was trying to get home after taking the mail up the coast to another city. Eric's small sized allowed him to fit in between the ice floes that were threatening Terry. He then warned the Star Tugs, who towed him to safety.
Eric is based off the Mohegan, a small freight steamer of the Great Lakes.