Friday, March 21, 2008

John Roen

Congratulations Rock! The Rock has correctly identified this week’s Mystery Ship as the John Roen. The tug was built in 1895 at Camden, New Jersey for the Army Corps of Engineers. The vessel was acquired by Walthen & Company of Baltimore, Maryland in 1932 and renamed the Lamont. The Roen Steamship company purchased the tug in 1935 and renamed the vessel the John Roen. The ship changed hands several times over the next few decades before being acquired by the Great Lakes Towing Company in 1951. She was renamed the Samuel E. Bool in 1953. The tug was renamed the Georgia in 1972 and slipped from documentation shortly thereafter.


Anonymous the rock said...

What a beautiful tug, classic lines. I just don't know what it is.
If that's a P in the white diamond on her stack, I think of the Pringle Barge Line out of Detroit. But my photos of the Dean and the James, two well-know Pringle tugs, show a much large P on the stack, and no diamond.
There used to be a J. P. Porter Company out of Cleveland, but I don't have any photos of their tugs, some 12 in number.

April 13, 2008 2:30 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

That isn't a P. ;)

April 13, 2008 9:20 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

Wow! Not even a hint. How 'bout Roen SS out of Wisconsin?

April 14, 2008 8:02 AM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

I knew you didn't need a hint. ;)

Roen SS it is! :)

April 14, 2008 3:57 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

I have a pix of the John Purves with a hull and cabin configuration quite like that shown in the photograph. But it is a later photo and she has a diesel stack, not that beautiful, tall one depicted in your picture.
The Purves on makeover?
Otherwise, Roen 4 or 5.!!

April 15, 2008 8:48 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

You pretty much got it Rock! The tug is actually the first John Roen from 1935. The vessel was formerly known as the Lamont.

April 16, 2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger none said...

It's an "R" for Roen Salvage, founded by my great grandfather, John Olav Roen, famous for raising the Humphrey in the 1940s. After cap died and his son Marquis, Sr. took over for a while but ultimately what was Roen Steamship became Roen Salvage and passed to John Purvis and his family where it remains to this day. There was the John Roen I, II, III... VI. Also the Marquis Roen which was decomissioned ages ago. They are beautiful tugs which sailed out of Sturgeon Bay and up into the St. Lawrence for many years.

November 09, 2010 12:05 PM  

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