Lewis J. Kuber /Olive L. Moore (Buckeye)

Lee A. Tregurtha

Buckeye was built in 1952 as the steamer Sparrows Point

Mackinaw (new)
Previous names:
Sparrows Point: 1952-1990
Buckeye (3): 1990-2006
Lewis J. Kuber: 2006-2016
Menominee: 2016-

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Buckeye (now the tug barge Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber) She was built for Bethlehem Steel Company as the Sparrows Point in 1952. During her 1979/80 winter lay-up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, she was converted to a self-unloader and bow thrusters were added. With the beginning of the thousand footer era, Bethlehem Steel found the Burns Harbor and the Stewart J. Cort to be less expensive to carry their iron ore pellets so in July, 1990, the Sparrows Point was sold to the Oglebay Norton Company and her name was changed to Buckeye. In 2005, Oglebay Norton Company sold the Buckeye to K & K Warehousing, where she was converted to a barge. The tug Olive L. Moore towed her to Erie where she was joined to the former Buckeye, now called the Lewis J. Kuber.
Picture above taken Wednesday, January 8, 2003: departing Duluth
Picture above taken Tuesday, October 1, 2002: about to depart Duluth
Picture above taken Saturday, August 31, 2002: departing Duluth
Picture above taken Friday, July 19, 2002: entering the Duluth harbor
Picture above taken Wednesday, October 17, 2001: entering the Duluth harbor


  1. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    I’m wondering how the transformation from ship to barge is done if anyone can send me info on that I would appreciate it.

  2. Thanks to holly for the Buckeye info. Very interesting…do you know where she is operating as a tug? Good to know she may still be at work!

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