Steamer Reserve now barge James L. Kuber

The tug Victory was set to arrive earlier this morning, pushing the barge James L. Kuber in front of it. The barge was last here on July 13th, 2007 when it was the steamer Reserve. It left on the 14th and is now coming back as the barge James L. Kuber. Above it is seen coming into port two weeks earlier, on July 1st, when it was still the steamer Reserve. The power plant was taken out and the superstructure, the two decks above the main deck at the bow of the boat, as in the picture above, were removed and a notch was added so that a tug could move in and connect to the vessel. Why was it done? One reason was the reduction in crew needed to operate a tug as opposed to a Great Lakes steamer. The tug only needs a crew of about 14 while the Reserve had a crew of at least 25.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-17-2008
Kenneth Newhams :