James A. Hannah

Photo by Isaac Pennock

Photo by Isaac Pennock

This large tug was built in 1945 by Marietta Manufacturing of Point Pleasant, WV as the LT-820 for the U.S. Army. In 1964 she was sold civilian to the Gartland Steamship Company and brought into the Great Lakes. In 1966 she was purchased by the Bultema Dock & Dredge Company and renamed Muskegon. She was converted from steam to diesel power in 1967. Hannah Marine Corp. of Lemont, IL purchased the tug in 1976, renaming her James A. Hannah. The Hannah spent most of her time pushing the tank barge Hannah 5101 around the Great Lakes. Around 2008, she was converted to an articulated tug with the addition of a JAK coupler system. In 2009, Hannah Marine went out of business, and the James A. Hannah failed to sell at auction. She was laid up in Hamilton, Ontario and put up for sale. Eventually the tug was acquired by McKeil Marine of Hamilton, who kept the big tug in lay-up and used it as a parts source, including the removal of her JAK coupler system for re-installation on the tug Salvor. The James A. Hannah was never registered in Canada, and is currently part of a group of vessels in the process of being scrapped in Hamilton.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Builder: Marietta Manufacturing, Point Pleasant, WV
  • Hull No.: 536
  • Length: 149′ 00″
  • Breadth: 33′ 00″
  • Depth: 16′ 00″
Marc Piché

Marc Piché

Marc Piché

Marc Piché

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