Photo by Ken Bailey

This large tug was built in 1903 by the Ship Owners Dry Dock Company of Chicago, IL as the fire tug M.F.D. No. 15 for the Milwaukee Fire Department. In 1948 she was retired by the City of Milwaukee. The Great Lakes Towing Company of Cleveland, OH purchased the M.F.D. No. 15 in 1952, and renamed the vessel Laurence C. Turner while rebuilding her into a towing vessel and converting her to diesel. In 1973 the Laurence C. Turner was renamed Ohio. The Ohio was repowered again in 1977. After performing hundreds of tows as GLT’s main lake tug for over 50 years, the Ohio was retired in 2015.

In 2018, the Ohio was donated to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH, where it is now a museum piece after over 100 years of service across the Great Lakes.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1903
  • Builder: Ship Owners Dry Dock Co., Chicago, IL
  • Engines: 1 EMD 16-645-E6
  • Horsepower: 2,000 bhp
  • Length: 118′ 00″
  • Breadth: 24′ 00″
  • Depth: 13′ 06″
  • Port of Registry: Wilmington, DE
Ken Newhams

Ken Newhams

Isaac Pennock

Isaac Pennock

Isaac Pennock

Isaac Pennock

Scott Best

Scott Best

Marc Piché

Ken Newhams

Ken Newhams

Jacob Northup

3 thoughts on “Ohio

  1. The Ohio, as of October 2018, is tied up in Toledo at the bow of the museum ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Volunteers from the National Museum of the Great Lakes and professionals donating time and equipment plan to spend the winter of 2018-19 refurbishing her into a museum display.

    • Hey Don, it’s me Isaac. I’m way behind on this site after sailing and then school all year. I’ve got a lot of changes to make in the spring when I have more time. I hope to make it to the Ohio soon too for better photos.

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