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USACE Crane Barge (Gate Lifter) Paul Bunyan

Crane Barge:
  • Built in 1945 as the steel self-propelled Crane Barge Paul Bunyan at Wiley Equipment Co., Port Deposit, MD.
  • Launched in 1945
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps in 1945
  • Assigned to the US Army Corp of Engineers in 1945
  • Commissioned and placed in service in 1945 at Soo Locks in Northern Michigan
  • On 17 February 2021 USACE Paul Bunyan departed the Soo Locks in northern Michigan in late December 2020
  • Placed out of service, circa 2021
  • Sold for scrapping by Defense Logistic Agency in 2021
  • Final Disposition, date unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 150'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 13'

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    Paul Bunyan
    Paul Bunyah - A giant lumberjack and folk hero in American and Canadian folklore. His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. The character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers, and was later popularized by freelance writer William B. Laughead (18821958) in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company. He has been the subject of various literary compositions, musical pieces, commercial works, and theatrical productions. His likeness is displayed in several oversized statues across North America.
    Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Tommy Trampp
    Paul Bunyan
    62k USED Crane Barge Paul Bunyan underway on the Great Lakes, circa 1945, location unknown.
    Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green University
    John Spivey
    Paul Bunyan
    247k Just behind the tug USACE Whitefish Bay, USACE Crane Barge Paul Bunyan lifts the tug USACE Owen M. Frederick and prepares to place it on a barge for a routine hull inspection at the Soo Locks, Saut Ste. Marie, MI., in March 2011. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Kim Dautremont) Tommy Trampp
    Paul Bunyan
    312k USACE Crane Barge Paul Bunyan handling "stop logs" at the Soo Locks, 15 January 2015. The locks allow ships to bypass rapids in the St. Marys River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
    Defense Logistics Agency photo # 150115 D-D0441-1234
    Paul Bunyan
    100k USACE Crane Barge Paul Bunyan in winter storage, circa 2019, location unknown.
    Tugster files World
    Tommy Trampp
    Paul Bunyan
    88k USACE Crane Barge Paul Bunyan staging stop logs for sandblasting, structural repairs and painting for the MacArthur Lock dewatering bulkheads before the Lock closure in preparations for Soo Locks 2017 winter work.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Photo 170608-A-CE999-002.
    Tommy Trampp
    Paul Bunyan
    191k USACE Crane Barge Paul Bunyan in the Soo Locks in Northern Michigan, 20 March 2020
    Defense Logistics Agency photo # 200320 D-D0441-1234
    John Spivey

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