Sugar Islander

Sugar Islander – Islander – Tina Litrico – Tecumseh

1972-Present

Tecumseh on the St. Marys River, May 20, 2018. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1972

Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding & Engineering, Tacoma, WA

Hull #139

Registry: CAN 836045

IMO #7225855

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: August 22, 1971

Commissioned: 1972

Construction

The Sugar Islander was built in 1972 as a gearless bulk carrier by Lockheed Shipbuilding & Engineering of Tacoma Washington as a gearless bulk carrier for the Bankers Trust Company.

Modifications

  • New fair leads installed, 2011.

General Stats

Length Overall: 641′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 621′

Breadth: 77’10”

Depth: 45’03”

Loaded Draft: 34’06”

Capacity: 29,984 Tons

Vessel Type: Gearless Bulk Carrier

Number of Cargo Holds: 6 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 1-1-1-1-1-1]

Number of Hatches: 6 [Dimensions: #1 – 47’x42′; #2-6 – 56’x42′]

Primary Operations: Grain Trade

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Pielstick, Beloit, WI

Engine Model: 12PC-CV-400

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 12,000 BHP


History

Lineage

Sugar Islander – 1972-1996

Owner: Bankers Trust Company

Operator: C-H Sugar

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Islander – 1996

Owner: Islander Shipholding, Inc.

Operator: —

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Judy Litrico – 1996-2006

Owner: United Maritime Group, Tampa, FL

Operator: United Maritime Group

Flag: United States

Home Port: Tampa, FL


Tina Litrico – 2006-2011

Owner: United Maritime Group, Tampa, FL

Operator: United Maritime Group

Flag: United States

Home Port: Tampa, FL


Tecumseh – 2011-Present

Owner: Lower Lakes Towing LTD., Port Dover, ON [Rand Logistics]

Operator: Lower Lakes Towing LTD.

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Port Dover, ON


Her Story

The Sugar Islander was built in 1972 as a gearless bulk carrier by Lockheed Shipbuilding & Engineering of Tacoma Washington as a gearless bulk carrier for the Bankers Trust Company. The Sugar Islander was launched on August 22, 1971, entering service in 1972 for C-H Sugar, hauling Hawaiian Sugar back to the mainland U.S. in California.

In 1996, the Sugar Islander was sold to Islander Shipholding, with her name being shortened to Islander. She was sold once again in 1996 to the United Maritime Group of Tampa, Florida, being renamed Judy Litrico. Her trade routes shifted to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic ocean. United Maritime Group renamed her Tina Litrico in 2006.

In early 2011, Lower Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ontario, acquired the Tina Litrico. She was taken to a shipyard in Veracruz, Mexico, where she was drydocked for refit and painting into Lower Lakes fleet colors. She arrived in Montreal on December 29, 2011, and entered service at the beginning of the 2012 season for Lower Lakes.

While downbound on the Detroit River on December 15, 2019, the Tecumseh suffered a major engine room fire, sending her adrift in the river. She was able to drop her anchors, and was assisted by contract firefighters who put the blaze out. She was docked in Windsor, Ontario, for inspection, and towed to Ashtabula, Ohio, in March 2020 where she remains in layup.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on September 17, 2020


Gallery


Sources

Duff, Steven; Gillham, Skip; Longhurst, Buck. “Tecumseh”. Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online. N.d. Accessed 17 September 2020. <http://boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/Tecumseh3.htm>

Greenwood’s Guide to Great Lakes Shipping 2016, Harbor House Publishers, 2016. Pp. 3.5.

“M/V Tecumseh”. Rand Logistics. N.d. Accessed 17 September 2020. <https://www.randlog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Rand-Vessel-Profile-TEC-8-2019.pdf>