Photo by Tom Gerger

Photo by Tom Gerger

This small tug was built in 1943 by the Port Houston Iron Works as the L.D. No. 617 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She was retired in the early 1950s, and was sold civilian to the Alton Bridge Service, who renamed the tug Marilyn. In 1956, she was sold to McMullen & Pitz Construction of Manitowoc, WI, who brought the small tug into the Great Lakes and changed her name to Erich. In the 1990s the tug was retired, and currently sits ashore at McMullen & Pitz’s yard in Manitowoc.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1943
  • Builder: Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX
  • Engines: 1 Kahlenberg 5-A
  • Horsepower: 150 bhp
  • Length: 45′ 00″
  • Breadth: 12′ 07″
  • Depth: 5′ 09″
  • Port of Registry: Milwaukee, WI
Tom Gerger

Tom Gerger


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