Edmond J. Moran

Edmond J. Moran – Barbara Andrie

1940-Present

Tugboat

Barbara Andrie, laid up at the Andrie Dock, Muskegon, MI, 1/3/2021. Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1940

Builder: Pennsylvania Shipyards, Beaumont, Texas

Hull #231

Registry: US 240028

IMO #5097187

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: 1940

Commissioned: 1940

Paired Barges:
  • A-390 [Mid-1990’s-2015]

Construction

Edmond J. Moran was constructed in 1940 by Pennsylvania Shipyards in Beaumont, Texas, as a large harbor tugboat for Moran Towing.

Modifications

  • Cabins reconstructed and refurbished, 1976.
  • Repowered, 1976.
  • Repowered, 2002.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: —

Length Overall [Tug]: 122′

Breadth: 29’07”

Depth: 16′

Vessel Type: Tugboat

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Cleveland Diesel, Cleveland, OH

Engine Model: 12-278

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 950 BHP


Repower – 1976

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: 16-567C

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 1900 BHP


Repower – 2002

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: 16-645-EF

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 2000 BHP


History

Lineage

Edmond J. Moran – 1940

Owner: Moran Towing Co., New York, NY

Operator: Moran Towing

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Edmond J. Moran – 1941-1946

Owner: Moran Towing Co., New York, NY

Operator: U.S. Navy [Requisition Charter]

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Edmond J. Moran – 1946-1976

Owner: Moran Towing Co., New York, NY

Operator: Moran Towing

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Barbara Andrie – 1976-1981

Owner: Bultema Dock & Dredge, Muskegon, MI

Operator: Bultema Dock & Dredge

Flag: United States

Home Port: Muskegon, MI


Barbara Andrie – 1981-1988

Owner: Canonie Transportation, Muskegon, MI

Operator: Canonie Transportation

Flag: United States

Home Port: Muskegon, MI


Barbara Andrie – 1988-Present

Owner: Andrie Inc., Muskegon, MI

Operator: Andrie Inc.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Muskegon, MI


Her Story

Edmond J. Moran was constructed in 1940 by Pennsylvania Shipyards of Beaumont, Texas, as a large harbor tug for the Moran Towing Co. of New York. She was delivered that same year, and operated for one year before being chartered by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. While under operation of the Navy, the Moran sailed the world, operating in the Panama Canal zone, as well as assisting with towing operations of Allied ships in other parts of the world. She was returned to Moran Towing in 1946.

In 1976, the Moran was sold to Bultema Dock & Dredge of Muskegon, MI. She was taken to a shipyard to undergo a reconstruction and refit. A new pilothouse and sleek stack were incorporated into a superstructure redesign by naval architect Joe Hack. She was also repowered with a new diesel engine. She was renamed Barbara Andrie, and was brought to the Great Lakes.

In 1981, Barbara Andrie was sold to Canonie Transportation, also of Muskegon. She began pushing tank barges in the liquid asphalt trade on the lakes. She was sold again in 1988 to Andrie Inc., when Canonie sold off their fleet. Barbara retained her name, and continued in the asphalt trades, primarily pushing the barge A-390. She was repowered again in 2002 with a new diesel engine.

In 2015, Barbara Andrie was retired from tank barge duties, and is utilized as the “spare tug” for icebreaking, ship tow & assist, among other operations. When not sailing, she is normally at her home at the Andrie dock in Muskegon.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on June 10, 2021


Gallery


Sources

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Pennock, Isaac. “Karen Andrie”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 10 June 2021. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/barbara-andrie/>