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TINY SANDERSON
Photo by: Sam Draye

Built in 1976, by the Grafton Boat Company of Grafton, Illinois (hill #599/86) as the Iron Charger.

In 1991, the tug was sold. Where she was renamed as the Bud Operle.

In 1994, she was acquired by Coastal Towing Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Kenny New.

In 2003, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Tiny Sanderson.

Powered by two, GM 8-645E2 diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 3.24:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat, with kort nozzles. Rated at 1,800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: TINY SANDERSON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 572722
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2708
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 599/86
  • Ship Builder: Grafton Boat Co.
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Length: 81.5
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 8.6
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 245
  • Net Tonnage: 167
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Iron Charger, BUD OPERLE, KENNY NEW
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    COASTAL TOWING INC, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP