This massive articulated tug was built in 1981 by McDermott Shipyard as the Victory for Texaco Marine Services of Port Arthur, TX. In 1990 the Victory was sold to Signet Marine of Houston, TX. In 2001 she was acquired by Penn Maritime of Stamford, CT. KK Integrated Logistics of Menominee, MI bought the Victory in 2006, and brought her into the Great Lakes. In 2007 her raised pilothouse was extended, and she was converted into an articulated tug with the addition of a Hydraconn coupler system. In 2008 her pilothouse was extended even higher, making the Victory the tallest tug on the Great Lakes. She was paired with the self-unloading barge James L. Kuber and entered full-time service. In 2011 the Victory and James L. Kuber were sold to Grand River Navigation of Avon Lake, OH.
The Victory and her barge work in the stone, coal, and ore trades from Lake Superior to Lake Erie.
- Type: Twin Screw Articulated Tugboat
- Year Built: 1981
- Builder: McDermott Shipyard, Amelia, LA
- Hull No.: 259
- Engines: 2 MaK 6MU551AK
- Horsepower: 7,880 bhp
- Length: 140′ 00″
- Breadth: 43′ 01″
- Depth: 18′ 00″
- Port of Registry: Cleveland, OH