She doesn’t look a day over 38
Posted on Jul 16th, 2018
Photo Linda Wright
A deck hand stands just aft of the wheelhouse applying paint on the “yacht with a purpose” as it maneuvers under the Churchill Bridge.
The M/V George H. Thomas, was seen on the river, pushing an extra long barge filled with product from the Phillips 66 terminal located upriver. Barge traffic has resumed on the river since construction on the UPRR bridge is completed.
The tugboat was built in 1980 by Lake Arthur Shipyard of Lake Arthur, Louisiana and named the Miss Shmaine for the Shepard Marine Corporation of Jennings, Louisiana. Eight years later, in 1988, the tug was acquired by the Higman Barge Lines of Orange, Texas and renamed the George H. Thomas.
In February of this year, the Kirby Corp. of Channelview, Tx purchased Higman company and the George H. Thomas, where she is supposed to be renamed the San Jacinto.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA19-M diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,000 horsepower.