John F. Cushing

John F. Cushing – James E. Skelly – Olive L. Moore

1928-Present

Articulated Tugboat, Hydraconn Coupler; Paired with Barge Menominee

Olive L. Moore in the notch of her barge, Menominee, on the St. Clair River, June 12, 2019. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1928

Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI

Hull #241

Registry: U.S. —

IMO #8635227

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: April 16, 1928

Commissioned: 1928

Paired Barges:

Construction

The John F. Cushing was constructed in 1928 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company as a tugboat for Great Lakes Dock & Dredge of Chicago, Illinois.

She has been rebuilt several times to push barges on the Great Lakes.

Modifications

  • Rebuilt and Repowered, Stender Shipyard, Bay City, MI, 1968.
  • Rebuilt and Repowered, Upper Lakes Towing, Escanaba, MI, 1980.
  • Rebuilt, Upper Lakes Towing, Escanaba, MI, 1990.
  • Rebuilt, Upper Lakes Towing, Escanaba, MI, 2006.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: 728′

Length Overall [Tug]: 125′

Breadth: 39’02”

Depth: 13’09”

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Busch-Sulzer, St. Louis, MO

Engine Model: 6-CM-17

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 1000 BHP


Repower – 1968

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Fairbanks-Morse, Beloit, WI

Engine Model: 12-38D8-1/8

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 2000 BHP


Repower – 1980

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Alco, Schenectady, NY

Engine Model: 16V251

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 5830 BHP


Repower – ?

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Electric Co., Boston, MA

Engine Model: FDL16

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 5830 BHP


History

Lineage

John F. Cushing – 1928-1965

Owner: Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Co., Chicago, IL

Operator: Great Lakes Dock & Dredge

Flag: United States

Home Port: Chicago, IL


James E. Skelly – 1965-1966

Owner: Chicago Marine Refueling Co., Chicago, IL

Operator: Chicago Marine Refueling

Flag: United States

Home Port: Chicago, IL


Olive L. Moore – 1966-1968

Owner: Socony-Mobil Oil Co., New York, NY

Operator: Socony-Mobil Oil Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Olive L. Moore – 1968-1969

Owner: South Range Aggregates, South Range, MI

Operator: South Range Aggregates

Flag: United States

Home Port: Escanaba, MI


Olive L. Moore – 1969-1980

Owner: Escanaba Towing, Escanaba, MI

Operator: Escanaba Towing

Flag: United States

Home Port: Escanaba, MI


Olive L. Moore – 1980-2006

Owner: Upper Lakes Towing, Escanaba, MI

Operator: Upper Lakes Towing

Flag: United States

Home Port: Escanaba, MI


Olive L. Moore – 2006-2011

Owner: K&K Integrated Logistics, Menominee, MI

Operator: K&K Integrated Logistics

Flag: United States

Home Port: Menominee, MI


Olive L. Moore – 2011-Present

Owner: Grand River Navigation, Traverse City, MI [Rand Logistics]

Operator: Grand River Navigation Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Her Story

The John F. Cushing was built in 1928 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as a tugboat for the Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Company of Chicago, Illinois.

The Cushing was sold to Chicago Marine Refueling Company in 1965, and Socony-Mobil Oil Company in 1966. She was renamed Olive L. Moore.

While en route to the east coast, she ran aground near Little Sable Point on Lake Michigan on May 5, 1966. She was taken to the Stender shipyard in Bay City, Michigan, for repairs before being put up for sale.

In 1968, she was purchased by South Range Aggregates, owned by the VanEnkevort family. She was rebuilt and repowered, with ownership being transferred to Escanaba Towing, another VanEnekvort company. She was used to push the barge A. E. Nettleton during the 1970’s.

In 1980, she was transferred to Upper Lakes Towing, another VanEnkevort company, and rebuilt and repowered yet again to push the barge Buckeye {2}. She pushed the Buckeye until 1990 when the barge was retired. She was then rebuilt again for service pushing the barge McKee Sons. The McKee Sons came off of charter in 2000 and the Olive L. Moore was laid up at Escanaba, Michigan.

On January 14, 2003, the Olive L. Moore towed the former railroad car ferry Viking out of Erie, Pennsylvania, towing her to Menominee, Michigan, arriving on January 19.

In 2005, the Moore was used to tow the Buckeye {3} to Erie, Pennsylvania, for conversion to a barge. She then proceeded back to Escanaba, where she was rebuilt to push the barge after completion. The Moore was fitted with a Hydraconn Articulated Tug-Barge connection system to mate with her barge. She was sold to K&K Integrated Logistics during this time period. The Olive L. Moore returned to Erie in August of 2006, and she entered service pushing the barge Lewis J. Kuber in September.

In February 2011, Rand Logistics announced that they had acquired the vessels of the K&K Integrated Logistics fleet, those being their two Articulated tug-barge units, Lewis J. Kuber / Olive L. Moore and James L. Kuber / Victory. The tug-barge units were placed under the ownership of Rand’s Grand River Navigation Company. Part of the agreement was that the barges must keep their names for five years after the purchase.

She remains paired with the barge Lewis J. Kuber, since renamed Menominee {3}, though rumors indicate that the tug Invincible is to be reconstructed to be paired with the barge. Nothing has moved forward with this project. The Menominee / Olive L. Moore continue to be active members of the Grand River Navigation fleet, serving the stone trades.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on July 7, 2020


Gallery


Sources

Greenwood’s Guide to Great Lakes Shipping 2016, Harbor House Publishers, 2016. Pp. 6.5.

“Menominee Integrated with tug Olive L. Moore”. Rand Logistics, N.d. Accessed 7 July 2020. <https://www.randlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Rand-Vessel-Profile-MEN-8-2019.pdf>

Pennock, Isaac. “Olive L. Moore”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 7 July 2020. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/olive-l-moore/>

Wharton, George. “Olive L. Moore”. Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping Online. N.d. Accessed 7 July 2020. <http://boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/OliveLMoore.htm>