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SteelShip Corp., Pine Bluff AR

Most recent update: March 4, 2009.


SteelShip was started by Ed Fry, of Grafton Boat Works, in conjunction with MonArk Boats, of Monticello AR.  It went bankrupt in 1976 and was bought by Dravo, who sold it to J. B. Hunt, the trucking company, in 1982.  It closed in 1989 and is now a river terminal.  This table is obviously incomplete.  Any help in making it better would be very welcome: please send any additions and/or corrections to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Delivery Disposition

Built by SteelShip Corp.

  Betty Lou     Towboat    1973 Retired 2005
29 Brooks L. Brown Mobley Construction Towboat  51 1973 Now Bobby R
30 Morris    Material Service Corp. Towboat  52 1973 Active
  Little Rock Eby Construction Towboat  56 1973 Now Annette G
  Holly J   Southern Illinois Sand Towboat  104 1974 Active
  Harriet Sue General Intermodal Towboat  86 1974 Now Darlene M
33 Louise M   Pennsylvania Power Towboat  72 1974 Active
  W. F. McAuley Patton-Tully Transportation Towboat    1974 Now Scout
  Sheila K Talens Marine & Fuel Towboat  76 1974 Now Carl Cormier
  Rosedale    Greenville River Services Towboat    1974 Active
43 Tribune   Velvet Marine Systems Towboat  87 1974 Now Linda Todd
  Clinton    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1974 Active
  McM VI McMenamy Contractor Towboat  91 1975 Now Miss Claudette
  McM VII McMenamy Contractor Towboat  76 1975 Now Phoenix
60 McM VIII McMenamy Contractor Towboat  103 1975 Now Sharin K
  Shawnee    Cincinnati Gas & Electric Towboat  87 1975 Now Earl Hensley
  Weck Dunlap   Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Towboat  67 1975 Active
63 Linnie W. Mobley Mobley Construction Towboat  63 1975 Now Jesse Z
  R. F. Meek Piedmont & Southern Leasing Towboat    1975 Now Missouri
  Robert L. Ross Roger J. Au & Sons Towboat  62 1975 Now Joe Avery
66 Mar G   Weber Marine Towboat  48 1975 Active
  Ruffin    Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Towboat  42 1975 Active
  Badger Boy Badger Fleet Towboat  150 1975 Now Trojan
  Evie B Badger Fleet Towboat  150 1975 Now Spartan
  Channahon    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1975 Active
  Marsha Gayle   MGM Towing Towboat    1975 Total loss 2004
  Mary Dalton Badger Fleet Towboat  150 1975 Now Gladiator
71 Lisa Jo Inland River Boats Towboat  76 1975 Now Tammy T
72 General Ellis   Cleancoal Terminal Towboat  69 1975 Active
  Shelby J   Beardstown Harbor & Fleeting Towboat  62 1976 Active
74 Marvis Jean  Ruhr Valley Marine Towboat  76 1976 Now Mary G
  Muscatine    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1976 Active

Built by Dravo SteelShip Corp.

73 Ruth McCoy   Midstream Fuel Service Towboat  63 1977 Active
  J. W. Lizon  Ohio Power Towboat    1977 Active
76 Forest Queen International Paper Towboat  167 1977 Now Inland Cardinal
78 Fuel Pusher Petroleum Products of Del. Towboat  43 1977 Now Michelle B
79 Ajay    Hex Stone Towboat  43 1978 Active
  Ceco    Commonwealth Edison Towboat  27 1978 Active
81 Jack Crowley   Lemont Harbor & Fleeting Towboat  68 1977 Active
82 Becky Sue   Taylor Towing Towboat  76 1977 Active
83 P. N. Ellis Koch-Ellis Marine Contracting Towboat  77 1978 Now Danielle C
84 Lady Joan Kathryn Rae Towing Towboat  71 1978 Now Chloe Lee
85 Cap'n Bill J Apac Arkansas Towboat  77 1978 Active
86 Pleasants K   Monongahela Power Towboat  64 1979 Active
92 Weeks 60 Weeks Marine Inc Dredge 310 1980  
95 Elizabeth D   Dravo Aggregates Towboat  204 1979 Active
  Bienville    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  Goodwin Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  Strong Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  Activa A & S Investments Llc Passenger 52 1979  
150 Boone    Cincinnati Gas & Electric Towboat  68 1980 Active
151 Lady Genevieve Deep South Towing Towboat  83 1980 Now Sandy Lou
152 Jo Ree   Weber Marine Towboat  83 1980 Active
153 Bud Weber   Dravo Mechling Towboat  130 1981 Active
154 Charlotte Lynn   William F. Conley Towboat  132 1981 Now Steve M
  McNamara    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1980 Active
  Wells    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1980 Active
  Gelberman Corps of Engineers Towboat  170 1980 Active
  Mr. Emray     Towboat    1980  
162 Pintail Stevens Towing Towboat  251 1980 Now Island Progress
163 Kingfisher    Radcliff Materials Towboat  251 1980 Active
164 Julie White Vane Line Bunkering Towboat  251 1980 Now Doris Hamlin
168 Marilin R American Tugs Towboat  113 1980 Active
169 Outrageous G. T. Gator Inc. Towboat  113 1981 Active
170 Walter E. Blessey  Blessey Marine Services Towboat  219 1981 Active
171 Goog-E    Weber Marine Towboat  99 1981 Active
172 Mar-Lo    Weber Marine Towboat  99 1981 Active
206 Mobilian    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
207 Tuskegee    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
208 Caddo    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
209 Naniaba    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
210 Tunica    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
211 Tahome    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
212 Biloxi    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
213 Pascagoula    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
214 Piachi    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
215 Pushmataha    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
73 Ruth McCoy   Midstream Fuel Service Towboat  63 1977 Active
  J. W. Lizon  Ohio Power Towboat    1977 Active
76 Forest Queen International Paper Towboat  167 1977 Now Inland Cardinal
78 Fuel Pusher Petroleum Products of Del. Towboat  43 1977 Now Michelle B
79 Ajay    Hex Stone Towboat  43 1978 Active
  Ceco    Commonwealth Edison Towboat  27 1978 Active
81 Jack Crowley   Lemont Harbor & Fleeting Towboat  68 1977 Active
82 Becky Sue   Taylor Towing Towboat  76 1977 Active
83 P. N. Ellis Koch-Ellis Marine Contracting Towboat  77 1978 Now Danielle C
84 Lady Joan Kathryn Rae Towing Towboat  71 1978 Now Chloe Lee
85 Cap'n Bill J Apac Arkansas Towboat  77 1978 Active
86 Pleasants K   Monongahela Power Towboat  64 1979 Active
95 Elizabeth D   Dravo Aggregates Towboat  204 1979 Active
  Bienville    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  Goodwin Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  Strong Corps of Engineers Towboat    1979 Active
  McNamara    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1980 Active
  Wells    Corps of Engineers Towboat    1980 Active
  Gelberman Corps of Engineers Towboat  170 1980 Active
150 Boone    Cincinnati Gas & Electric Towboat  68 1980 Active
151 Lady Genevieve Deep South Towing Towboat  83 1980 Now Sandy Lou
152 Jo Ree   Weber Marine Towboat  83 1980 Active
153 Bud Weber   Dravo Mechling Towboat  130 1981 Active
154 Charlotte Lynn   William F. Conley Towboat  132 1981 Now Steve M
162 Pintail Stevens Towing Towboat  251 1980 Now Island Progress
163 Kingfisher    Radcliff Materials Towboat  251 1980 Active
164 Julie White Vane Line Bunkering Towboat  251 1980 Now Doris Hamlin
  Mr. Emray     Towboat    1980  
168 Marilin R American Tugs Towboat  113 1980 Active
169 Outrageous G. T. Gator Inc. Towboat  113 1981 Active
170 Walter E. Blessey  Blessey Marine Services Towboat  219 1981 Active
171 Goog-E    Weber Marine Towboat  99 1981 Active
172 Mar-Lo    Weber Marine Towboat  99 1981 Active
206 Mobilian    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
207 Tuskegee    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
208 Caddo    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1981 Active
209 Naniaba    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
210 Tunica    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
211 Tahome    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
212 Biloxi    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
213 Pascagoula    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
214 Piachi    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active
215 Pushmataha    Warrior & Gulf Navigation Towboat  227 1982 Active

Built by Hunt's SteelShip Corp.

  Manitou Old Mission Schooners Passenger 82 1983 Active
217 Mobile Island SCNO Barge Lines Towboat  236 1984 Now Ernie T. Wellhausen
  E. B. Wallace  Corps of Engineers Towboat    1986 Active
222 Ponderosa    Hex Stone Towboat  50 1989 Active