Auntie Mame

Auntie Mame – Iron Mike – A-397


Barge, Tanker;

Rebecca Lynn / A-397 arriving at Indiana Harbor, IN, 7/9/2018. Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 1962

Builder: Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

Hull #4381

Registry: US 290177

IMO #–

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: —

Commissioned: 1962

Paired Tugboats:
  • Rebecca Lynn


The barge Auntie Mame was built in 1962 by Dravo Corp. of Pittsburgh, PA, as a tank barge.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: —

Length Overall [Barge]: 270′

Breadth: 60’01”

Depth: 22’05”

Loaded Draft: 18’11”

Capacity: 39,700 Bbls.

Vessel Type: Tanker; Barge

Number of Cargo Tanks: 9

Primary Operations: Petroleum, Liquid Asphalt Trades



Auntie Mame – 1962-1991

Owner: Steuart Transportation Co., Wilmington, DE

Operator: Steuart Transportation

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE

Iron Mike – 1991-1993

Owner: —

Operator: —

Flag: United States

Home Port: —

A-397 – 1993-Present

Owner: Andrie Inc., Muskegon, MI

Operator: Andrie Inc.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Muskegon, MI

Her Story

A-397 was originally built as the tank barge Auntie Mame by Dravo Corp. of Pittsburgh, PA, in 1962. She was built for Steuart Transportation of Wilmington, DE, who operated her in the petroleum trades.

In 1991, Auntie Mame was sold to an unknown company and renamed Iron Mike.

She was sold again in 1993 to Andrie Inc. of Muskegon, MI, who brought her to the Great Lakes and renamed her A-397. A-397 is used to transport liquid asphalt products on the Great Lakes

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on December 8, 2021


“Andrie Barges”. Discussion Boards, 8 December 2021. Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online, <>

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LeLievre, Roger. Know Your Ships 2021. Marine Publishing Company, 2021. Pp. 36.