Olive L. Moore
IMO 8635227

Menominee, Feb. 9, 2011.
(Scott Best)


Originally designed and built with a low superstructure for passage beneath the bridges of the waterways in and around Chicago, this large tugboat was built in 1928 as hull # 241 by Manitowoc Ship Building Inc. of Manitowoc, WI. The tug was launched April 16, 1928 as John F. Cushing for the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Chicago, IL. She was powered by a 1928 built Busch-Sulzer model 6-CM-17 6-cylinder 1,000 b.h.p. (745 kw) diesel engine.

John F. Cushing remained with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock until 1965, when the tug was acquired by the Chicago Marine Fueling Service Inc. and renamed James E. Scully. Her tenure with the company was short, as she was acquired by a Robert C. Fox of Deerfield, IL, in 1966. That same year, ownership of the tug passed to the Socony Mobil Oil Co. Inc. of New York, NY, which renamed her Olive L. Moore. As the Olive L. Moore, on May 5, 1966, the tug ran aground about 1/2 mile (0.8 k) from shore between Muskegon and Ludington, MI, after striking her tow and holing herself. The tug and barge were in transit from Chicago to Rockland, ME. After temporary repairs were completed, the tug was tied up at the William W. Stender yard at Bay City, MI, and was offered for sale by the U.S. Marshal of Detroit on September 21, 1967.

The tug was purchased by South Range Aggregates Co. of South Range, MI, in 1968 (a Van Enkevort family-owned company) after being rebuilt and repowered at the Stender yard during the winter of 1967/68. The tug was repowered with a Fairbanks Morse 12-38D8-1/8 12-cylinder 2,000 b.h.p (1,490 kw) diesel engine built by Fairbanks Morse (Canada) Ltd., Kingston, ON. The Olive L. Moore's ownership has remained with Van Enkevort family-owned or affiliated companies since 1968. On November 2, 1972, the towline between the Olive L. Moore and the barge A. E. Nettleton parted during a snowstorm with gale force winds 17 miles (27.36 k) west of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. The barge developed a 15-degree list as its grain cargo shifted. Three of the barge's five-man crew was airlifted by U.S.C.G. helicopter to the tug to help re-rig the towline. The barge was towed to the Lily Pond on the Keweenaw Waterway to trim its cargo. Of note, the A. E. Nettleton had been converted to a push barge after being chartered by Escanaba Towing Co. of Escanaba, MI, in 1971. Escanaba Towing was also the owner of the Olive L. Moore at the time of the occurrence.

From 1979 to 1990, the Olive L. Moore was used as a conventional push/tow tug mated to the self-unloading (crane) barge Buckeye (2). The former steamer had been purchased from Oglebay Norton by family-owned Lake Transportation Co. of Toledo, OH, in 1979. The tug was rebuilt and repowered again in 1980 with 2 Alco 16V251 four-stroke cycle, v-16 cylinder 2,915 b.h.p. (2,174 kw) diesel engines. In 1991, the Olive L. Moore was converted to an articulated tug at Menominee, WI, by All Purpose Marine Products (APMP) with the installation of an APMP designed Hydraconn connector, and was mated to the similarly converted chartered self-unloading barge McKee Sons. APMP was also a Van Enkevort family-owned business.

On October 15, 1998, the Olive L. Moore pushing the McKee Sons ran aground in the Saginaw River while inbound to the Bay Aggregates dock, Bay City, MI. The pair was freed the next day with no apparent damage after lightering 900 tons (914 mt) into the Joseph H. Frantz. After seeing only limited use in 2000, the McKee Sons was chartered to Grand River Navigation Co. with the Olive L. Moore returning to Escanaba, MI to tie up. The tug saw very little service until January of 2003, when she towed the old vehicle ferry Viking I from Erie, PA, to Menominee, MI. The tow departed Erie on January 14 arriving at Menominee on January 19.

After another period of relative inactivity, the tug towed the former Oglebay Norton self-unloader Buckeye (3) from Toledo, OH, to Erie, PA, arriving there on December 4, 2005. The Buckeye had been purchased by Buckeye Holdings, LLC of Menominee, MI, to be converted to an articulated barge at Erie, PA. As the assigned tug for the new barge, Olive L. Moore returned to Escanaba, MI, for necessary modifications. Included was a raised pilothouse to allow for proper line of sight over the self-unloading equipment of the barge. By then also owned by Buckeye Holdings LLC, the Olive L. Moore returned to Erie to be paired with the newly-named self-unloading articulated barge Lewis J. Kuber in August of 2006.

In February 2011, Rand Logisitcs acquired the two tug / barge units Lewis J. Kuber and James L. Kuber from KK Integrated Shipping for $35.5 million in cash as well as more than 1.3 million shares of its common stock. The vessels are operated by Grand River Navigation. Lewis J. Kuber now sails as Menominee (3), while James L. Kuber sails as Maumee (2).


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 125' 00" (38.1m)
Beam 39' 02" (11.94m)
Depth 13' 09" (4.19m)
Engine Power 5,830 bhp diesel
Previous Names
John F. Cushing 1928 - 1965
James E. Scully 1965 - 1966
Olive L. Moore 1966 - Today
Barges paired with tug
Buckeye (2) 1979 - 1990
McKee Sons 1991 - 2000
Lewis J. Kuber 2006 - 2019
Maumee (2) 2019 - Today

 


John F. Cushing 1928 - 1965
(Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.)
         
James E. Scully 1965 - 1966
(Chicago Marine Fueling Service)
         
James E. Scully 1966 - 1966
(Robert C. Fox)
         
Olive L. Moore 1966 - 1968
(Socony Mobil Oil Co.)

Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City in 1966.
(Sid Ferris photo)

Another view.
(Sid Ferris photo)

     
Olive L. Moore 1968 - 1969
(South Range Aggregates Co.)
         
Olive L. Moore 1969 - 1974
(Escanaba Towing Co.)

Assisting the grounded salty Christine off 6 Mile Pt. in the St. Marys River, July 25, 1972.
(Roger LeLievre)

Breaking ice for the Venus, 1973.
(Wendell Wilke)

     
Olive L. Moore 1974 - 1977
(Arlene J. Stopich)

1976.
(Dick Wicklund)

       
Olive L. Moore 1977 - 1980
(Clyde Van Enkevort)
         
Olive L. Moore 1980 - 2008
(Upper Lakes Towing)

St. Clair River near Marine City in the 1980's.
(Rudi Rabe)

With barge Buckeye (2) at Zug Island in the 1980's.
(Rudi Rabe)

Pushing the barge Buckeye (2) through the Welland Canal, 1984.
(Dick Wicklund)

Close up of the Moore on the stern.
(Dick Wicklund)

Assisting the aground Roger M. Kyes in the Trenton Channel, August 23, 1984.
(Rudi Rabe)

Upbound at Point Edward heading into Lake Huron, Sept. 30, 1989.
(Dick Wicklund)

About to make the turn at Buoys 1 & 2.
(Dick Wicklund)

Docked in Escanaba, June 6, 2001.
(Scott Best)

Upbound the Detroit River, Jan. 15, 2003.
(Mike Nicholls)

Arriving in Menominee with the Viking in tow, Jan. 18, 2003.
(Dick Lund)

Tied up in Escanaba, June 2005.
(Lee Rowe)

Rebuilding at Escanaba, June 3, 2006.
(Joey Reaume)

New aluminum pilothouse June 4, 2006.
(Joey Reaume)

Pilothouse tower added, July 18, 2006.
(Joey Reaume)

Major assembly complete, July 26, 2006.
(Mike Nicholls)

Passing downtown Detroit Aug. 19, 2006.
(Angie Williams)

Tied up in Erie, Aug, 21, 2006.
(Mike Nicholls)

Another bow view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Another view.
(Mike Nicholls)

At Stoneport with the Lewis J. Kuber, Sept. 19, 2006.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Another view.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Saginaw River, Sept. 21, 2006.
(Joe Martin)

Saginaw River in the notch of barge Lewis J. Kuber, Sept. 21, 2006.
(Todd Shorkey)

Stern view on the Saginaw River, Sept. 23, 2006.
(Gordy Garris)

Arriving at Menominee, Apr. 2, 2007.
(Dick Lund)

Profile view.
(Dick Lund)

Stern view.
(Dick Lund)

Into the notch of the Lewis J. Kuber.
(Dick Lund)

Unloading in Saginaw, April 15, 2007.
(Gordy Garris)

 
Olive L. Moore 2008 - 2011
(KK Integrated Shipping)

Arriving in Menominee, Apr. 17, 2008.
(Dick Lund)

Leaving Menominee in the notch of barge Lewis J. Kuber.
(Dick Lund)

Upbound in the Saginaw River at Smith Park, Essexville. Aug. 14, 2008.
(Todd Shorkey)

Stern view.
(Todd Shorkey)

Heading towards the bend at Cheyboyganing Creek.
(Galen Witham)

Making the turn.
(Galen Witham)

Passing through Vetrans Memeorial Bridge.
(Galen Witham)

     
Olive L. Moore 2011 - Today
(Grand River Navigation)

Tied up for the winter in Menominee, Feb. 9, 2011.
(Scott Best)

Heading over to the Lewis J. Kuber to connect, April 5, 2011.
(Dick Lund)

Making its way into the notch of the barge.
(Dick Lund)

Locked in place.
(Dick Lund)

Lower Lakes stripes now on the stack.
(Dick Lund)

Tied up for the winter at the old hullet dock on the Presque Isle side of Toledo Docks, Jan. 20, 2012.
(Bob Vincent)

Close up of the tug.
(Bob Vincent)

View of the tug and barge.
(Bob Vincent)

Stern view of the pair.
(Bob Vincent)

 

 


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