James L. Kuber/Victory Depart Menominee on April 13
On Sunday the pair departed their lay-up/conversion dock at KK Integrated Logistics around 1:30 PM. They were outbound past Menominee North Pier Lighthouse about a half hour later.
Click Here to go to the photos of their departure.
The "Reserve Conversion" project is now officially over, and these will be the last photos on this page. Hope you have enjoyed the documentation.
Christening of the James L. Kuber
(ex-Reserve) was held March 29, 2008.
Click Here to see the christening ceremony photos
and for a link to Tom Kuber's opening speech.
In the beginning ...
The steamer Reserve arrived in Menominee on Aug. 1, 2007. The ship was converted to an ITB (Integrated Tug/Barge) unit at KK Integrated Logistics. I was asked by the owner to take photos of the conversion project each Thursday for the company's records; so this is not a complete photo documentation of the project - just weekly updates. He graciously allowed me to post the photos so everyone could follow the project. Being that these are photos mainly for archive purposes, they are of varying quality - over-exposed in places to show detail, etc. - rather than "artistic" quality. Starting with the Oct. 5 photos, there are be photos from onboard the Reserve! Thank you KK Integrated Logistics for this opportunity to document the process!!
Click Here for Views of the Reserve at Bay Shipbuilding from Dec. 18, 2007 through Jan. 3, 2008.
Now that the notch has been completed, updates will be sporadic as there won't be much to see from here on out. However, the deckhouse still needs to be removed, the port side of the ship needs a new coat of paint, and the barge will eventually be re-named; so, I will update those activities when I can.
The pilothouse of the Reserve was removed on Feb. 25, 2008. Click Here to go to the "Feb. 25" section of this page with a slide show of 30 photos of the pilothouse removal and other photos of the Reserve's new-look.
The pilothouse of the tug, Victory, was also removed, extended and then re-installed between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28. Click Here to go to the "Feb. 26" section of this page with a slide show of 25 photos of the pilothouse removal, extension and re-installing on the Victory..
The tug, Victory, was moved into the notch of the barge, James L. Kuber on April 10, 2008. Click Here to go to the "April 10" section of this page with a slide show of 25 photos of the tug leaving its dock, heading down-river and finally turning into the notch of the James L. Kuber.