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LEE

Built in 1919, by Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding of Green Bay, Wisconsin as the Tomah for the United States Shipping Board.

Towards the end of World War I, contracts were placed for over one thousand wooden ships, tugs and barges. However, most of the contracts were cancelled and only five hundred eighty-nine ships were completed. Most that where completed were tugs, were built by established boatbuilders, the completed vessels where placed up for sale.

The tug was acquired by Federal Shipbuilding of Newark, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the Federal No. 1.

In 1936, the she was acquired by the Koppers Coal Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Where the tug was renamed as the Jupiter.

The tug was later acquired by the Simmons-Lee Lighterage and Transit Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Lee.

In 1944, the tug was acquired by Daniel McAllister of the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1948, she went out of documentation. Her current and or final disposition is unknown. She was a single screw tug, rated at 450 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: LEE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0218969
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: Leathem D. Smith SB
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Length: 95.5
  • Hull Depth: 12.2
  • Hull Breadth: 24.7
  • Gross Tonnage: 176
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Tomah, Federal No. 1, Jupiter, Lee
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Shipping Board, Federal Shipbuilding, Simmons-Lee Lighterage and Transit Company, Koppers Coal Co., Daniel McAllister