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TUG LUDINGTON
History 

Made for WWII the Tug Ludington was built at Jacobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay, New York. In February of 1943 the Keel was laid and the tug was finally finished in October of that same year.
Photo Courtesy of Tom Skubal 


The U.S. Army accepted and christened the tug “Major Wilbur F. Browder” and designated the tug LT-4. The tug's armament consisted of two 50 caliber machine guns mounted above the chartroom and pilothouse. 

The tug participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, towing ammunition barges across the English Channel. After Normandy it traveled to Cherbourg, France to assist in harbor operations until being sent to Plymouth, England until the end of the war. After the war it joined the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. and returned to Norfolk, Virginia where it was on various towing on the Eastern seaboard. 

In 1947, The Corps of Engineers transferred the tug to Kewaunee, WI and then renamed it the “Tug Ludington”. While in Kewaunee it was used in the construction and maintenance of many harbors on the Great Lakes.  The Tug has towed a wide variety of floating equipment. It is estimated that the Tug has hauled over 1 million tons of cargo. 

The Tug now rest in Harbor Park in Downtown, Kewaunee and is open to visitors from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day. The Tug is registered in the National and State Register of Historic Places. 

Notice to Visitors to the Tug…
Visitors enter the Tug Ludington at their own risk.
Always use hand rails. Watch for low overheads, and high thresholds.
Everyone is urged to exercise care at all times, using special precautions in hazardous areas.
Children must always be accompanied by an adult responsible for their safety.
Failure to comply with these instructions will result in cancellation of visiting privileges.  

Any questions, or to book a large group, call Kewaunee City Hall at (920) 388-5000.



Vessel Statistics
Length....................115 ft.
Beam......................26 ft.
Height....................64 ft.
Freshwater Draft..........14 ft. 3in.
1943 Construction Cost....$396,400
Displacement (Loaded).....482 tons
Approximate range.........8,000 miles
Gross Tonnage.............249 tons
Speed, Light..............11 knots, 12 mph
Speed, Loaded (2 scows)...7 knots, 8 mph
Wartime Accommodations....26
Original Corp Accommodations.......14
Minimum Op Crew...........5
Fuel Capacity.............40,000 Gal
Fresh Water Capacity......2,000 Gal
 Engine Statistics
Four Cycle, Eight Cylinder
16 in. Bore
20 in. Stroke
1200 horsepower at 275 r.p.m.
13,168 cubic in. total displacement
Fuel Injection Timing 14.3 degrees before top center
Set - 6 in. before top center of diameter flywheel
Firing Order....Ahead 1-4-7-3-8-5-2-6
...................Astern 1-6-2-5-8-3-7-4
Fuel Injection Pump Rack - Full Load
25 mm Hydraulic Lifters
Air Starting System 



Open seasonally for tours 10:00am- 6:00pm 
Thursday through Sunday

Cost:
Adults - $3.00
Children 12 and under - $2.00
Seniors 62 and older - $1.00
Family - $8.00
By appointment call (920) 388-4317