Peggy D. Hannah

(At left) Photo by Nathan Leindecker

(At left) Photo by Nathan Leindecker

This classic tug was built in 1920 by the Whitney Brothers Company of Superior, WI as their own William A. Whitney. The big steam tug operated out of the Twin Ports until sold to Merritt, Chapman and Scott Corp. in 1931. The Whitney worked for them in the contracting trade until 1963, when the Zenith Dredge Company of Duluth, MN bought the tug and brought her back home to the Twin Ports. The tug was soon in lay-up in the late 1960s, and finally in 1975 was sold to the Gaelic Tugboat Company and towed to Detroit. Gaelic repowered the old steamer with a Fairbanks-Morse diesel, and she was soon back at work in Detroit. Gaelic sold the Whitney to Hannah Marine Corp. of Lemont, IL in 1992, who renamed the tug, for the first time in her career, as the Peggy D. Hannah. The tug saw limited action for Hannah before being laid up. She was painted black for a movie while in lay-up, and retains that coat of paint today. In 2009, Hannah went out of business and the historic Peggy D. Hannah was purchased by Calumet River Fleeting, who moved the tug to their South Chicago yard. She was eventually sold to a private party in Indiana Harbor, IN.

The Peggy D. Hannah is laid up in Indiana Harbor.

  • Type: Single Screw Tugboat
  • Year Built: 1920
  • Builder: Whitney Brothers Co., Superior, WI
  • Engines: F-M 10-38D
  • Horsepower: 2,000 bhp
  • Length: 108′ 00″
  • Breadth: 25′ 00″
  • Depth: 14′ 00″
(At right) Nathan Leindecker

(At right) Nathan Leindecker



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