Tug Photos &
The Great Lakes
We just broke out the Str. ARTHUR
M. ANDERSON and her gangway was just lifted off. Soon, she'll let
go and start backing, through a small open area to get up speed
to chew her way through the thick ice, backing out to the channel.
Franz von Riedel Photo.
On the beach at Fraser Shipyards
are the tugs MAXINE THOMPSON and WALLY KENDZORA. Also, the former
tug (now research vessel) L.L. SMITH JR. These small workboats were
built by and for the shipyard. They can often be found loaded up
with welding and burning equipment and tucked under the sterns of
the large ships, making repairs. Franz VonRiedel Photo.
The W. L. Mercereau is the sister
of the North Dakota, built by GLTCo at Cleveland as their hull number
12 (the John M. Truby, today's North Dakota, was hull numbert 11).
She was named for the Marine Superintendent of the Pere Marquette
Railway at Ludington, and for good reason. Each early winter when
the other GLTCo tugs at Chicago would layup, mostly at the old Dunham
yard on the Calumet River and 92nd Street, the Mercereau migrated
north to Ludington, where she was chartered for many years by the
PMRy to help break ice in the channel and Pere Marquette Lake at
Ludington so the road's cross-lake carferries, themselves designed
for icebreaking, could more easily enter the harbor, which, being
on the east shore bore the brunt of wind-driven ice. The PM chartered
GLTCo tugs to help out with the winter service of their river ferries
at Detroit, too.
This view shows her in, probably, 1928; her power is provided by
the one high pressure cylinder in her non-condensing steam engine,
built in 1896 by the famous Sutton Brothers at Buffalo for the tug
Geo. D. Nau, built that year by Andrew Johnson at Green Bay, Wisconsin,
for the Nau Tug Line of that town. GLTCo bought the tug in 1891
and operated her until 1910, when she was dismantled and her engine
placed in the new Mercereau. Renamed New Mexico in 1938, GLTCo repowered
her twice, in 1957 with a 12-567B and in 1966 with a 12-567C. In
1997 she went to GLTCo's new subsidiary, Puerto Rico Towing &
Barge Co. at San Juan, and was renamed Punta Lima. William
| Above is
a view of the former Navy ATR-99 and ATA 172 and, later, Panama
Canal Company's Taboga; I originally thought this was Milwaukee,
but I think it might be Franz's neck of the woods. Or maybe the
Saginaw River. She was built as hull number 226 by Gulfport Boiler
& Welding Works in 1943, went to Panama in 1947, and was sold
to Keith Malcolm of Marine City, Michigan, in 1971, retaining the
name Taboga, and apparently she is shown here under his ownership.
In 1975 Malcolm sold her to Hannah Marine Corp., Lemont, Illinois,
and she became the first of two tugs to be named after the gorgeous
Daryl C. Hannah. Hannah shortened her name (the tug's, not the star's)
to Daryl C. in 1984; she moved on to Sturgeon Bay's Selvick Marine
Towing Corp. in 1988, renamed Carl William Selvick. In August 1998
Selvick sold her to one Roger Rouzier who renamed her Rosa M, registered
out of New Orleans. She found her way to Panamanian registry soon
after and is now owned by the Rozier family's Marintec Towing &
Salvage Company at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
You can see how she originally looked at
and her still in Selvick colors heading out of the lakes in 1998
was built in 1911 at Ferrysburg by the Johnston Bros. as their hull
no. 50 for the New Aetna Portland Cement Company at Fenton, Michigan.
Along with four fifty-foot steel scows also built by Johnston Bros.,
the Oscar I plied the gentle waters of Lake Fenton, a small inland
lake about ten miles south of Flint. In 1945 New Aetna disbanded
its operations at the lake and the Oscar I and one of the barges
was trucked north about sixty miles to Bay City when the pair were
bought by Harold Phillips there and the Oscar I received her first
documentation papers in 1947. The Oscar I, repowered with the Kahlenberg
in 1947, remained at Bay City engaging mostly in marine construction
and vessel assisting on the Saginaw until 1963 when she came around
to the other side and was owned by George Kingshott at Grand Haven,
also in marine construction, and in 1966 by Otto Fricke, a Grand
Haven fisherman who did little with her it appears. Ron can fill
us in after that, I suppose.
Above is a view of the Oscar I laid-up at Bay City about 1962 when
owned by Phillips. William Lafferty.
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