Monday, January 21, 2008

General Ludlow

Who am I?

Thanks to Jim for identifying the vessel being towed as the General Ludlow. The scow was built in 1904 by the Johnston Brothers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The vessel went through several owners before being acquired in 1940 by Leigh C. Merrill of Algonac, Michigan. At that time, the General Ludlow was rebuilt as a dredge. Merrill sold the dredge in 1964. The vessel was renamed the Pointe Hennepin in 1969 and removed from documentation in 1972. The tug towing the General Ludlow remains a Mystery Ship!


Anonymous MikeM said...

Maybe an early Luedtke Engineering tug and barge?

January 25, 2008 8:08 PM  
Blogger jim said...

Wow...the scow is the "General Ludlow," owned at the time of this picture probably by Leigh Merrill of Algonac who used it to dredge and dig a lot of the canals at the Colony on the north side of the North Channel, St. Clair River. I have no idea what the tug/workboat's name is, but this picture probably came from the late 1940's so the tug is owned by Merrill. I'm writing a book which concerns a chapter on the scow's demise in the 60's. I have a few photos of the scow in its last months if you'd like to see them. I'd certainly like a high-resolution copy of this picture if you'd care to share it with me. Thanks for posting this great picture and feel free to write me at

February 10, 2008 9:32 PM  

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