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USED Towboat Lucien S. Johnson

  • Laid down in 1940 by Burger Boat Company, Manitowoc, WI.
  • Launched in 1940
  • Delivered to the US Army Engineers in 1940
  • Christened and commissioned USED Towboat Lucien S. Johnson in 1940
  • Assigned to US Army Corps of Engineers Cincinnati District
  • Transferred to US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District in 1947
  • Retired from US Army service in 1956
  • Sold in 1956 to Portsmouth (Ohio) Docking Co., repowered with a 300hp Cat. diesel engine
  • Renamed Donald H. in 1970
  • Sold in 1977 to Standard Slag Co., Wheelersburgh, OH., renamed Stanmat
  • Sold in 1981 to BB Riverboats, Covington, KY., renamed Shirley B.
  • Sometime prior to 2016 she was sold to River Marine Enterprises of Paducah, KY., renamed Uncle Otis
  • Current/Final Disposition, unknown
    Displacement 37 t. gross, 25 t. net
    Length 60'
    Beam 14.2'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 5.0'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    diesel engine

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    USED Lucien S. Johnson
    Lucien S. Johnson
    44k USED Lucien S. Johnson underway, date and location unknown.
    Wisconsin Maritime Museum
    John Spivey
    Lucien S. Johnson
    41k USED Lucien S. Johnson underway, date and location unknown.
    Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
    Merchant Service
    Lucien S. Johnson
    234k Ex-USED Lucien S. Johnson underway as Bensons Leasing Co., Towboat Shirley B. with a crane barge on the Ohio River at Covington, KY. alongside floating docks near the Mike Fink restaurant, 1987. Note at left, part of Riverfront Stadium (demolished 2002) at center, Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena).
    Photo from Flickr by William Alden
    John Spivey
    Lucien S. Johnson
    65k Ex-USED Lucien S. Johnson as River Marine Enterprises, Towboat Uncle Otis tiedup along a riverbank, circa 2016, location unknown.
    Photo by David Smit, courtesy Dick's Towboat Gallery
    John Spivey

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