Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe Sr. sold, renamed

The tug/barge combo Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe Sr, operated by American Steamship Company, has officially been sold to VanEnkevort Tug and Barge Inc. The barge will be renamed Erie Trader, while the tug will be named Clyde S. VanEnkevort. Earlier this week, workers at the Donjon Shipyard in Erie, PA, where the pair is laid up for the winter, were applying the new names to the hull.

The pair were constructed at Donjon’s Erie yard in 2011, and entered service in May 2012 under charter to American Steamship Company. The charter has not been renewed, however, allowing VanEnkevort to purchase both vessels from their owner. Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe Sr. are also near-sisters to Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort, which was built in 2001 for VanEnkevort.



Both photos above show Lakes Contender and her tug at the Donjon shipyard in Erie after they were completed. (Courtesy of


This photo, taken by Ken Newhams of the Duluth Shipping News, shows Great Lakes Trader in the Duluth harbor.


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