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Center: Stennis Space Center
Location: Built in Slidell, LA, operated from Hancock County, MS
Year Built: 1965
Historic Eligibility:
Important Tests: Not a research facility

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[top] History

The Clermont was a unique, specially designed towboat built in 1965 for moving the huge barges carrying the Apollo engines, liquid fuel, and other cargo within the canal system of the engine test facility. It was named in honor of the first successful steamboat, built by Robert Fulton 200 years earlier. The Clermont was designed at the Marshall Space Flight Center Test Laboratory and built at Southern Shipbuilding Corporation in Slidell, LA. It was approximately 65 feet in length and sported a 1,000 horsepower engine weighing only 450 pounds. It was also designed to serve as a fireboat. Clermont was the first jet-powered tugboat built.

In 1982, the Clermont was replaced by a new vessel, the Clermont II, which was built by Fisherman Marine Shipyard in Bayou la Batre, AL and is still in service today under Capt. Rodrick “Rocky” Pullman.

[top] Photos

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[top] Clermont II

[top] Documents

1997 Herring - Way Station to Space: A History of the John C. Stennis Space Center

2009 NASA - Tugboat and Crew

[top] Links

Dick's Towboat Gallery, featuring images and information on these and other towboats

Stennis Image Retrieval System

John C. Stennis Space Center home page

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