Jill Marie

Photo by Todd Shorkey

Photo by Todd Shorkey

The tug Jill Marie was built in 1891 by Cleveland Shipbuilding as the fish tug Ciscoe for the Ranney Fish Company. In 1923 the Ciscoe was sold to Max F. Piepkorn. In 1942 she was converted to a towing vessel and lengthened, and in 1953 the Ciscoe was purchased by Harold F. Phillips, who renamed the tug Capama-S. In 1956 she was sold to William W. Stender of Bay City, MI. The Capama-S was renamed Gail K in 1997. In 2007, Causley Marine Contracting purchased the ancient tug and renamed her Jill Marie, placing her in contracting service on the Saginaw River out of Bay City.

The oldest active commercial tug on the Great Lakes, Jill Marie keeps busy on the Saginaw River on various dredging and contracting projects.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1891
  • Builder: Cleveland Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Hull No.: 15
  • Length: 60′ 00″
  • Breadth: 12′ 06″
  • Depth: 6′ 00″
  • Port of Registry: Bay City, MI
Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

Todd Shorkey

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2 thoughts on “Jill Marie

  1. Could this be the one my grandfather, Rudolph Laderach, captained? It worked the Saginaw River for YEARS. Grandpa died in 1956, but I met a man who captained her in the 1980s and don’t think any of these names fit. ALSO…did she sink a few years ago? THANK YOU!

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