Katherine Clewis

Katherine Clewis – Rebecca Lynn



Rebecca Lynn / A-397 tied up at Port Huron, MI, 11/29/2019. Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 1964

Builder: Gulfport Shipbuilding, Port Arthur, TX

Hull #596

Registry: US 296818

IMO # 6511374

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: —

Commissioned: 1964

Paired Barges:
  • A-397
  • A-410


Katherine Clewis was constructed in 1964 by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas, as a conventional push tugboat for Gulfcoast Transit. She was designed by naval architect Joe Hack. Katherine Clewis is a smaller version of her near sister Sarah Hays, now her fleetmate Karen Andrie {2}.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: —

Length Overall [Tug]: 112’07”

Breadth: 31’06”

Depth: 16′

Vessel Type: Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 2

Engineering Equipment



Engine Type: Diesel

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro Motive Division

Engine Model: 16-576-BC

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 3600 BHP



Katherine Clewis – 1964-1996

Owner: Gulfcoast Transit, Tampa, FL [Tampa Electric]

Operator: Gulfcoast Transit

Flag: United States

Home Port: Tampa, FL

Rebecca Lynn – 1996-Present

Owner: Andrie, Inc., Muskegon, MI

Operator: Andrie, Inc.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH

Her Story

Katherine Clewis was built in 1964 as a conventional tugboat by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, TX. She was constructed for Tampa Electric’s Gulf Coast Transit Co. , and operated pushing bulk carrier barges around the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1996, the Clewis was acquired by Andrie Inc. of Muskegon, MI, and brought to the Great Lakes. Upon arrival, she was renamed Rebecca Lynn and placed in service pushing tank barges in the liquid asphalt trade.

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on December 8, 2021


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

Pennock, Isaac. “Rebecca Lynn”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 8 December 2021. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/rebecca-lynn/>

Pennock, Isaac. “Karen Andrie”. Tugboat Information. N.d. Accessed 8 December 2021. <http://tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=1419>