Built in 1909, by the Great Lakes Towing Company of Cleveland, Ohio (hull #8) as the Yale for the Great Lakes Towing Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1949, the Great Lakes Towing Company renamed the tug as the Arkansas.
Powered by a single, Cleveland 12-278A diesel engine. With a Falk Reverse reduction gear, at a ratio of 3.5:1. Turning one, 102(in) by 66(in), three bladed, fixed pitch, stainless steel propeller. She is a single screw tug, rated at 1,200 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by one, Detroit Diesel 3-71 diesel generator sets.
(Isaac Pennock, Will Van Dorp, Paul Strubeck)