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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Alpha

Other name(s): Kentucky

Ship owner: A.J. Harper; C. Crane; C. Fitzsimmons; Great Lakes Towing Co.; Lumbermen's Assn. of Chicago; U.S. Army; W.H. Woodbury

Ship builder: Chicago Dock and Dredge Co., Chicago, Illinois

Engine builder: Unknown

Year ship built: 1881

Final disposition: Out of USMV., 1943. Probably scrapped.


Used as fire tug, 1885 to (circa) 1887, at Chicago.


b) Kentucky (1912)


1) C. Crane, Chicago, Illinois (1884)

2) Lumbermen's Assn. of Chicago (1885.  Manned by the Chicago

    Fire Department.)

3) W.H. Woodbury, Chicago, Illinois (1891)

4) C. Fitzsimmons, Chicago, Illinois (1899)

5) Great Lakes Towing Co. (Maytham Towing and Wrecking Co.)

6) U.S.Army, Quartermaster Dept.

7) A.J. Harper, Baltimore, Maryland

Registry number: US. 106036

Hull number: None

Vessel type: Tug

Height: 13 ft.

Width: 19.4 ft.

Length: 77.1 ft.

Stroke length: 24 in.

Gross tonnage: 87

Net tonnage: 43

Materials: Iron

Engine type: Fore and Aft compound

Piston 1: 20 in.

Piston 2: 38 in.

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