Lady Elda

Lady Elda – Kings Challenger – ITM No. 1 – Kings Challenger – Susan W. Hannah – Bradshaw McKee

1977-Present

Articulated Tugboat, Bludworth Coupler; Paired with Barge St. Marys Conquest

Bradshaw McKee / Commander, at the Mart Dock, Muskegon, MI, 7/26/2020. Brendan Falkowski

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1977

Builder: Toche Enterprises Inc., Ocean Springs, MS

Hull #101

Registry: US 582617

IMO #7644312

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: 1977

Commissioned: 1977

Paired Barges:

Construction

Bradshaw McKee was constructed in 1977 as the Lady Elda for United Offshore Services. She was constructed by Toche Enterprises at their Ocean Springs, MS, shipyard, and was equipped with a Bludworth ATB Coupler system.

Modifications

  • Repowered, 1994.
  • Upper pilothouse added, Versatile Fabrication, Muskegon, Michigan, 2014.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: 498′

Length Overall [Tug]: 121’06”

Breadth: 34’06”

Depth: 18’02”

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Brons, Appingedam, Netherlands

Engine Model: —

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: —


Repower – 1994

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

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

Engine Model: 12-645-E5

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 4,320 BHP


History

Lineage

Lady Elda – 1977-1978

Owner: United Offshore Tugs, Inc., Harvey, LA

Operator: United Offshore Tugs

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


Kings Challenger – 1978-1978

Owner: King’s Marine International, Gretna, LA

Operator: King’s Marine International

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


ITM No. 1 – 1978-1981

Owner: King’s Marine International, Gretna, LA

Operator: Unkown Charterer

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


Kings Challenger – 1981-1986

Owner: King’s Marine International, Gretna, LA

Operator: King’s Marine International

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


Susan W. Hannah – 1986-2009

Owner: Hannah Marine Corporation, Lemont, IL

Operator: Hannah Marine Corp.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Susan W. Hannah – 2009-2011

Owner: Port City Marine Services, Muskegon, MI [Sand Products Corp.]

Operator: Port City Marine Services

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Bradshaw McKee – 2011-Present

Owner: Port City Marine Services, Muskegon, MI [Sand Products Corp.]

Operator: Port City Marine Services

Flag: United States

Home Port: Muskegon, MI


Her Story

Bradshaw McKee was constructed in 1977 as Lady Elda for United Offshore Services. She was built by Toche Enterprises of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, as yard Hull #101. She was fitted with a Bludworth ATB coupler system when constructed.

In 1978, Lady Elda was sold to King’s Marine International Corp. of Gretna, Louisiana, who renamed her Kings Challenger. She was chartered out to a different company later in the season, being renamed ITM No. 1. The charter expired in 1981, and she was returned to her name Kings Challenger. She visited the Great Lakes on an occasion under this name.

In 1986, Kings Challenger was sold to Hannah Marine Corp. of Lemont, IL, who brought her to the Great Lakes and renamed her Susan W. Hannah. She was paired with the self-unloading cement barge Medusa Conquest in 1987. Hannah Marine had been contracted by Cement Transit, the owner of the Medusa Conquest, to operate and manage the barge. This arrangement lasted until late 2008, when the Hannah was laid up at South Chicago, IL. Hannah Marine’s assets were seized by the U.S. Marshal in early 2009, and Susan W. Hannah was sold to Port City Marine Services, a subsidiary of Sand Products Corp. Port City sailed her to Muskegon, MI, where she was laid up at the Mart Dock.

Susan W. Hannah underwent a refit in November 2010, and was repainted in Port City Marine colors. She was renamed Bradshaw McKee in late 2011, after the late president and executive of Sand Products Corporation. She was paired with the self-unloading barge Cleveland Rocks at the beginning of the 2012 season. After some modifications being made to the barge by Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, the pair entered service in May 2012. They operated in the stone and aggregates trades for the duration of the season, but were placed in long term layup at the Mart Dock on December 1, 2012.

In late 2013, Versatile Fabrication of Muskegon, MI, fabricated and installed a new elevated pilothouse on Bradshaw McKee while she was in layup at the Mart Dock. This was done in preparation for her to be paired with the barge St. Marys Challenger beginning in the 2014 season. She departed layup in Muskegon in May, sailing to Sturgeon Bay, WI, to pair up with the St. Marys Challenger. The pair departed Bay Shipbuilding on June 3, 2014, light for Charlevoix, MI, to load cement.

Bradshaw McKee switched places with the Prentiss Brown as the primary push tug for the barge St. Marys Conquest, being reunited with her old partner in early 2015. She switched barges again in January 2019, when she paired up with the recently-converted cement carrier barge Commander in January 2019. They sailed together for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, before Bradshaw McKee switched back to the St. Marys Conquest


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on February 17, 2021


Gallery


Sources

“Bradshaw McKee”. Tugboat Information. N.d. Accessed 7 January 2021. http://tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=9688

LeLievre, Roger. Know Your Ships 2020. Marine Publishing Company, 2020. Pp. 77.

Pennock, Isaac “Bradshaw McKee”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 7 January 2020. https://gltugs.wordpress.com/bradshaw-mckee/