David E.

Photo by Nathan Leindecker

(At right) Photo by Nathan Leindecker

This classic tug was built in 1945 by Marietta Manufacturing in Point Pleasant, WV as the LT-815 for the U.S. Army. She was sold civilian to Foss Launch & Tug Company in 1964, and worked on the West Coast as the Henry Foss. Foss sold the tug to O.L. Schmidt Barge Lines in 1984, where she was renamed Kristin Lee. In 1993, she was transferred to the Hannah Marine Corporation of Lemont, IL, and the name was expanded to Kristin Lee Hannah. The tug continued to operate until blowing an engine in 1999. She was then placed in lay-up in Chicago. In 2000, Hannah purchased the towboat David E. from Egan Marine and renamed it Kristin Lee Hannah, so the old and inactive Kristin Lee Hannah was then renamed David E. so as to free up the name for the new addition. In 2009, Hannah went out of business and the David E. was sold to Calumet River Fleeting of Chicago. In 2010, she was sold to a private party in Indiana Harbor, IN.

The David E. is laid up in Indiana Harbor.

  • Type: Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Builder: Marietta Manufacturing, Point Pleasant, WV
  • Hull No.: 531
  • Engines: 2 Nordberg 8-cylinder
  • Length: 149′ 00″
  • Breadth: 33′ 00″
  • Depth: 16′ 00″
Marc Piché

Marc Piché


15 thoughts on “David E.

      • Good Day Tugboathunter: The Officials of Calumet River Fleeting only said they are stripping the above tug for parts and the tug itself is not for sale. I am sure at some point in the future, once everything been stripped out of it, they will drop a rebuilt diesel in it and move it out in the fleet..

      • I was told by an employee of the company that the tug has been sold. I believe this information to be true, due to the tug’s poor material condition, and the fact that she has been moved from Cal Fleeting’s yard to a different owner’s yard in East Chicago, along with several other retired tugs.

    • McKeil Marine has another 149 foot Hannah Tug, I believe that is James E. Hannah, the ram has been removed off of it and put on another tug in their fleet. Now what was the real reason Hannah went out of business? They had the business, I thought it was over who was controlling the business??? It was not a family member.

      • I don’t know the inner details of Hannah’s demise, although I assumed it had something to do with the recession in 2008 and 2009, as they went out of business at that time, and several aspects of the company’s business have not resumed with other operators.

  1. I guess they thinks parts are more valuable then selling it entire 149 foot tug outright and making more, who knows…
    I see the Selvick Marine Towing in Sturegon Bay, Wisconsin, been sold to a former Captain from Roen Marine Towing & Salvage, soon to be renamed somethink, that was shocker…I thought they were doing well..

  2. I, was under the impression, that once’s Capt. John Selvick, Founder & Owner, recently pass away, the hand writing was on the wall…With No Family Members to carry on, or want to carry on, I am sure they didn’t have to look far for a New Owner. They were a great company to work with, and I, wish them well in retirement…

  3. Is there somebody out there who`s got more pictures of such an ols Marietta-built LT? I`m planing to build a model of one of those but over here in Germany it`s really hard to find some close-up pictures of details……. just looked up a possible mooring site and to me it looks as if she´s still there at Indiana Harbour Canal? Any help would be really great, thank you.

    • There are two more of this type on the Great Lakes, one of which is in service. Google the tug “Mary E. Hannah” or “James A. Hannah” and there should be a number of photos that you might find useful.

  4. Hi- I´ve already found pictures of both of them, but they´re just totals- over and over again. What I`m after are pictures from somebody who`s actually been aboard or at least walking directly on the quay taking shots. How are the insides of her bulwarks looking? How are the doors, hatches, bulleyes and bollocks looking? Whta has been added over the years, what has been changed? These tugs have been in service almost forever now and it`s impossible to built them in their brandnew condition due to the lack of pictures from that period, but it could be possible and very, very interesting to built them like they look today- that`s something modelers almost never do, but I´d love to!

    But we`ll see, maybe somebody will show up here who`s willing to help me out on this? Heck, I`d even pay their expenses to go there….. that`s an offer, folks! 😉

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