Lead Horse

Lead Horse – Gulf Challenger – Challenger – Mark Hannah – Spartan

1969 – Present

Articulated Tugboat, Bludworth Coupler; Paired with Barge Spartan II

Spartan, Calumet River, South Chicago, IL, 3/10/2020. Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1969

Builder: Burton Shipyard Inc., Port Arthur, TX

Hull #439

Registry: US 5192040

IMO #70474610

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: —

Commissioned: 1969

Paired Barges:

Construction

Lead Horse was constructed in 1969 as a tugboat by Burton Shipyard of Gulfport, TX, for Caspary Wendell Inc. She was later modified to push tank barges.

Modifications

  • Fitted with Bludworth ATB Coupler system, 1993.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: —

Length Overall [Tug]: 121’01”

Breadth: 32’01”

Depth: 10’09”

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: —

Engine Model: —

Number of Engines: —

Rated HP: 3200 BHP


History

Lineage

Lead Horse – 1969-1971

Owner: Caspary Wendell Inc., Houston, TX

Operator: Caspary Wendell Inc.

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Lead Horse – 1971-1973

Owner: Santa Fe Pomeroy Marine Service Co., Houston, TX

Operator: Santa Fe Pomeroy Marine Service

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Gulf Challenger – 1973-1979

Owner: Gulf Mississippi Marine Inc., Houston, TX

Operator: Gulf Mississippi Marine Inc.

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Challenger – 1979-1993

Owner: Hannah Marine Corp., Lemont, IL

Operator: Hannah Marine Corp.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Mark Hannah – 1993-2009

Owner: Hannah Marine Corp., Lemont, IL

Operator: Hannah Marine Corp.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Spartan – 2009-Present

Owner: Occidental Chemical Corp., Dallas, TX

Operator: Andrie Inc., Muskegon, MI

Flag: United States

Home Port: Ludington, MI


Her Story

The tugboat Lead Horse was built in 1969 by Burton Shipbuilding of Gulfport, TX, for the Caspary Wendell Inc. of Houston. She was sold in 1971 to Santa Fe Pomeroy Marine Service Co. of Houston, retaining her name. She was sold again in 1973 to Gulf Mississippi Marine, and renamed Gulf Challenger.

Gulf Challenger was purchased by Hannah Marine Corp. of Lemont, IL, in 1979, and brought to the Great Lakes region. She was renamed Challenger, and employed pushing tank barges for the Hannah Fleet. Hannah renamed her to Mark Hannah in 1993, and retrofitted the tug with a Bludworth style ATB coupler system and paired her with the tank barge Hannah 6301.

In 2009, Mark Hannah and Hannah 6301 were sold to Occidental (Oxy) Chemical Corp. of Houston, TX, renaming the vessels Spartan and Spartan II, respectively. Oxy contracted Andrie Inc. of Muskegon, MI, to manage the pair. Spartan and Spartan II continue to be active, transporting Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) from the Oxy Calcium Chloride plant in Ludington, MI, to ports across the Great Lakes.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on December 9, 2021



Sources

Fairfield, T., Wilson, Capt. R., Cooke, Capt., J., Streeter, W. “Spartan”. Tugboat Information. N.d. Accessed 9 December 2021. <http://tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=5654>

Pennock, Isaac. “Spartan”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 9 December 2021. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/spartan/>