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Diesel Powered Railroad Tugboats of the Eastern Seaboard

INDUSTRIAL & OFFLINE TERMINAL RAILROADS
OF BROOKLYN, QUEENS, STATEN ISLAND, BRONX & MANHATTAN:

DIESEL-POWERED RAILROAD OWNED TUGBOATS
OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD

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updated:
23 MAY 2012 - 00:20


Data added to several chapters, page alphabetized by railroad name 5/23/2012
Chesapeake & Ohio, Chessie System, Virginian, Bush Terminal & New York Dock vessels added
resources added
5/20/2012 Chesapeake & Ohio
Chessie System
Virginian
Bush Terminal
New York Dock
page created 5/10/2012  

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   This information of this page has been compiled by Paul F. Strubeck.

   It is a list of the railroad owned tugboats that served in New York Harbor, that were either built as or repowered with diesel engines. The specifications, modifications, and ownership histories, where known; for those vessels is listed as well.

   Please direct all correspondance to crossharbor11@gmail.com.

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

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Roy B. White Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Roy B. White 265167 216 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1953 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1979? to New York Dock, same name

sold 198? to Boston Fuel Transport / Boston Towing, renamed "Hercules"

sold 2003 to Nigeria

Nigeria   Photo
Howard E. Simpson 265390 217 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1953 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' transferred 1975 to Hampton Roads (Chessie Shipdocking), same name

sold 1985 to Penobscot Bay Towing, ME;

sold 1988 to Russell Trip Bay State Towing, Boston, MA;
renamed "Leonard J."

sold to Thames Towboat, New London, CT; same name

scrapped 2006

  Wheelhouse & smokestack lowered by Chessie.

Was repowered with another Fairbanks Morse, same type. Crank case explosion & fire 1999 at Bay State gutted engine room.

Thames Towing purchased vessel in 1999 with intention to rebuild but was not, when another tug was purchased instead.

 
William C. Baker   218 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1953 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold unknown date to Poling Bros. renamed "Jeannie C"

sold unknown date to Krause Towing
renamed "J. L. Krause"

sold 2010 to outfit in Venezuela; renamed "Black Pearl"

Venezuela   Photo
Walter L. Price 266173 219 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1953 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' transferred 1970 to Chesapeake & Ohio,
Hampton Roads, VA; (Chessie Shipdocking)
renamed "Walter J. Tuohy"

sold unknown date to Reinauer, renamed "Carol Wales"

sold unknown date to Hayes Tug & Launch, Chester, PA; renamed "Scooby Doo"

  Wheelhouse & smokestack lowered by Chessie.

Sunk 8/2008,
raised and scrapped

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Bush Terminal Railroad

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Irving T. Bush 276425   Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1958 EMD 12-567C

diesel electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1972 to New York Dock

sold 1978 to Crescent Towing, New Orleans, LA;
renamed "James T. Smith"

renamed 1996 "Texas"

New Orleans, LA repowered GE 7FDL
3000 hp

superstructure reconstructed, no longer has railroad tug appearance

 


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Central Railroad of New Jersey

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo

Liberty Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Liberty 264321 212 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1952 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1956 to B&O
renamed "J. W. Phipps"

transferred 1964 to Chesapeake & Ohio, Hampton Roads, VA; (Chessie Shipdocking)
renamed "M. I. Dunn"

sold 1984 to Donjon/Wittes ?
renamed "James M. Witte"

sold 1994 to Krause Towing, renamed "Theresa S. Krause"

in service

Baltimore, MD Repowered 2008 with an EMD. Built with a lower wheelhouse. Photo
Sandy Hook 264578 213 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1952 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1971 to Crescent Towing;
renamed "Fall River"

sold unknown date to Krause Towing, renamed "Elizabeth Krause"

sold 2008 to owner in the Caribbean,
renamed "Elizabeth"

Caribbean Repowered?  
Sound Shore 264785 214 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1952 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1973 to McAllister Towing, renamed "Wm. H. McCallister"

scrapped 2003 in Virginia

     
Communipaw 265021 215 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1952 Fairbanks-Morse 16-38 D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' transferred 1965 to Chesapeake & Ohio, Hampton Roads, VA; (Chessie Shipdocking)
renamed "J. Speed Gray"

sold unkonwn date to Maineport Towboats, renamed "Mack Point"

Portland, ME   Photo

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Miscellaneous Central Railroad of New Jersey RR tugs

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Bethlehem   615 Staten Island Shipbuilding;
Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
1915           became "Dalzellera" of Dalzell

last known as the
"D. E. McAllister"

sold unknown date to unknown, renamed "Angela M. Sissy"

sold unknown date to unknown, renamed "Watson"

unknown repowered unknown date to EMD  

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Chesapeake & Ohio Railway

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
W. J. Harahan 227410 327 Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1928     102' 28'   sold to ?
renamed "Margaret M. McAllister"
     
A. T. Lowmaster 468 Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1948           sold to Purvis Marine;
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada;
renamed "Wilfred M. Cohen
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  repowered with Fairbanks Morse 38 D 8 1/8
2000 hp
 

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Chessie System

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Chessie 663280 469 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1983 EMD 16-645E6 (x2)

diesel clutch

4000 97' 33' 14' sold unknown date to McAllister Towing, Norfolk, VA;
renamed "Brent K. McAllister"

renamed "G. M. McAllister"

Norfolk, VA
Seaboard 669634 470 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1983 EMD 16-645E6 (x2)

diesel clutch

4000 97' 33' 14' sold unknown date to McAllister Towing, Providence, RI;
renamed "Nancy McAllister"
Providence, RI

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Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad

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Hoboken Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Hoboken 273511 8514 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957 Cleveland 8-498

diesel-electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1960 to Erie Lackwanna

sold 1973 to McAllister Towing as renamed Catherine McAllister
renamed 1978 the Eric M. McAllister

scrapped 2011
Chesapeake, VA

Philadelphia, PA Repowered in 1981 with a GE 7FDL Photo
Buffalo 273567 8515 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957 Cleveland 8-498

diesel-electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1960 to Erie Lackwanna

sold 1971 to Manatee Tug & Barge Lines, Inc., Tampa, FL; as there "Bradenton"

sold 1994 to Bay Transportation Corp., Norfolk, VA; renamed "Commander"

sold 2001 to River Parishes, same name.

Became part of Moran, same name.

New Orleans, LA repowered Photo
Syracuse 273684 8516 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957 Cleveland 8-498

diesel-electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1960 to Erie Lackwanna

sold 1974 to Baker-Whitely Towing, Baltimore, MD.

became McAllister "James McAllister"

Charlestown, SC repowered in 1981 with a GE 7FDL  
Utica 273774 8517 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957 Cleveland 8-498

diesel-electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1960 to Erie Lackwanna

sold 1974 to Manatee Tug & Barge, New Orleans, LA;
renamed "Thomas St. Philip"

currently the "Mobile Power" of Seabulk Towing Service.

Mobile, AL repowered 1986 with EMD 16-645 turbo. 4200 hp

also added one bow mounted retractable Z drive.

Stack modified.

Photo
Nazareth 274005 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957 Cleveland 8-498

diesel-electric

1200 105' 26' 13' transferred 1960 to Erie Lackwanna

sold unknown date to ?, renamed "Palmetto".

sold unknown date to Iberville Interests, LLC; renamed "Iberville II".

sold/transfered to Rivco Acquisition Corp,
same name.

operated by River Parishes Co., owned by Moran Towing.

scrapped 2011

  repowered with ALCo 16-251F
3100 hp.
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Miscellaneous Delaware, Lackawanna & Western RR tugs

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Madison     Burlee Drydock
Mariner's Harbor, S.I., NY
1908               converted to diesel 1959
1800 hp
 
Orange                   reefed 2003   converted to diesel unknown date  
Corning     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1908     100' 25'       scrapped 1986 Photo
Bath     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1908   1800 100' 25'   owned by Hartley Marine of Maine.

sold 2010 to Ocean Barge & Tug Logistics; Port au Prince, Haiti

In service

  repowered 1959 with a Fairbank Morse opposed piston; Photo
Stroudsburg     Bethlehem Steel;
Wilmington, DE
1925     92' 24' 12' sold 1964 to Indian Towing, New Orleans, LA; renamed "Breton"

sold unknown date to unknown; renamed "Seminole"

sold unknown date to unknown; renamed
"Brigitte Harper"

sold to Hayes Tug, Philadelphia, PA; renamed "Big Mama"

reefed in June 1995

  repowered 1962 to diesel
Fairbank-Morse
38 D 8 1/8
1800 hp.
 

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Erie Railroad

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Cleveland Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Cleveland 230267 411 Pusey & Jones
Wilmington, DE
1930 Ingersoll Rand

diesel electric

        sold 1964 to Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, Brooklyn, NY; renamed "Integrity"

out of service 1970

presumed scrapped

     
Rochester   412 Pusey & Jones
Wilmington, DE
1930 Ingersoll Rand

diesel electric

            low profile wheelhouse for Harlem river use  
Olean   413 Pusey & Jones
Wilmington, DE
1930 Ingersoll Rand

diesel electric

        sold 1964 to Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, Brooklyn, NY; for parts

presumed scrapped

     
Scranton   414 Pusey & Jones
Wilmington, DE
1930 Ingersoll Rand

diesel electric

        sold 1964 to Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, Brooklyn, NY; renamed "Intrepid"

out of service 1970?

presumed scrapped

     


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Marion Class

Paterson 257273   Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1949 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24' sold in 196? to McAllister renamed "Steven McAllister"

reefed 2000

off New Jersey the "Paterson" was the prototype boat, not the class boat. Photo
Photo
Marion 264822   Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1952 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24'   sold unknown date to Crescent Towing; New Orleans, LA; renamed "Marion Smith".

traded 1978 to New York Dock Railway
renamed "Brooklyn III"
renamed "New York" 1979.

sold 1986 to Boston Fuel Transport / Boston Towing renamed "Pleon"

sold 1998 to Eastport Port Authority as their "Pleon"

sold 2011 to private owner

Boston, MA (not to be confused with BEDT Brooklyn III) Photo
Hornell 264586   Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1952 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24'   sold unknown date to
Crescent Towing;
renamed "Sandra Smith"
renamed "Virginia"

scrapped January 2010

New Orleans, LA wheelhouse shortened,
new stack

repowered GE 7FDL-16
3000 hp

Photo
Binghamton 265739   Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1953 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24'   sold in 1973 to Meyle-Independent Pier
renamed "Neptune"

to Mcallister 1983
renamed "Reid McAllister"

reefed 2004

Savannah, GA wheelhouse shortened,
new stack

repowered GE 7FDL

Photo
Akron 265942   Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1953 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24'   sold 1974 to McAllister
renamed "Patrick R. McAllister"

sold 2004 to Eastern Towboat, renamed "Akron"

scrapped 2011

Boston, MA    
Elmira 266028 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1953 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-electric

1200 94' 24'   sold December 1977 to Donjon Marine, Newark, NJ;

scrapped in 1984

  scrapped following severe electrical fire  

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Miscellaneous Erie RR tugs

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Chicago     Manitowoc Shipbuilding;
Manitowoc, WI
1913 Cleveland 12-278A

diesel-clutch

1200 84' 24' 12' built new for use in Chicago, IL; named "Wauwatosa"

renamed 1918 "C. S. Goldsborough"
renamed 1928 "Chicago"
transferred 1935 to New York Harbor area of operations

transferred 1960 to Erie Lacakawanna

sold 1965 to Thomas Transportationre
named "Judy Thomas"

sold 1966 to Coastline Towing, RI.; renamed "Narragansett"

sold 1976 to Thames Towboat
same name.

out of service 1993

scrapped 1996

  repowered from steam 1951

built with low profile wheelhouse for Chicago River use.

As this design made it conducive for use in Harlem River, it would be transferred to New York Harbor area of operations.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad

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Wilkes-Barre Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Wilkes-Barre 258938 327 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1949 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1963 to Moran Towing
renamed "Julia C. Moran"

out of documentation

unknown scrapped in Mexico?  
Hazleton 259281 328 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1949 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1963 to Moran
renamed "Marie Moran".

sold 1984 to Casho Marine
renamed "Marie Casho"

sold 1986 to Portland Tug renamed "Captain Bill"

renamed "Veronica M."

reefed 2004

off NJ Coast wheelhouse lowered Photo
Video
Cornell 259949 329 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1949 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1971 to Ross Towboat, Boston, MA

Ross Towboat acquired by Boston Fuel Transport 1979

became Boston Towing (Reinauer) "Cornell"

sold 2003 to private owner in MD.

sold 2007 to Lehigh Maritime, NY

currently in use.

Kingston, NY built with lower pilot house and stack for Harlem River use Photo
Lehigh   330 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1950 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1973 to Curtis Bay Towing, Norfolk, VA renamed "Swan Point"

transfered to Moran "Swan Point"

reefed 2002 as the "J. B. Eskridge"

Chesapeake, VA built with lower pilot house and stack for Harlem River use Photo
Capmoore 263352 339 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1952 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1973 to Curtis Bay Towing in Norfolk, VA
renamed "Hawkins Point"

transferred to Moran as their "Hawkins Point".

sold to Eastern Towboat for parts.

scrapped 2011

  removed from Moran service ca. 2004 due to failed bearing in reduction gear.  
Bethlehem 266784 346 Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1953 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' sold 1976 to Crescent Towing, New Orleans, LA; renamed "Shannon Smith"

sold to Turecamo Towing, renamed "Christopher B. Turecamo"

now Moran Towing "Christopher B. Turecamo"

Charleston, SC repowered with an Alco 251 Photo

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Miscellaneous Lehigh Valley RR tugs

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Powerful     Staten Island Shipbuilding;
Staten Island, NY
1908           sold unknown date to Florida Towing

acquired 1974 by Moran Towing
"Powerful"

reefed 1992

  repowered unknown date  

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New York Central System

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Note: NYC did not have any Diesel tugs in class, just misc. repower or early diesel tugs.

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
NYC No. 34     Staten Island Shipbuilding?
Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
1926           sold 1969   repowered 1966 with 2 Ingersoll-Rands/GE electric gear. Repowered in 1966
with Baldwin VO's.
 
NYC No. 25     T.S. Marvel
Newburgh, NY
1908   1200           repowered 1952  by Jakobson Shipyard with a Cleveland 12-278A  
NYC No. 3     J. H. Dialogue & Son;
Camden, NJ
1886   1600 100' 22'   originally the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad "C. C. Clark"

renamed 1913/1914? "New York Central #3"

renamed 1915 to "A. W. Whiteman"

renamed 1918 "Corona"

renamed 1941/1942 "N. H. DeBardelbren"

renamed 1962 "Shamrock"

renamed 1994 "Susan Elizabeth"

scrapped 2008

  2 Steam repowerings,
2 diesel repowerings: repowered in 1941 with an unknown diesel.

Repowered in 1951 with a Fairbanks Morse.

Photo
NYC No. 13     J. H. Dialogue & Son; Camden, NJ 1887     82' 19' 6"   became "Hay-Dee" of Kosnac Floating Derrick.

Currently in private ownership under restoration.

  repowered 1950?
Under restoration
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New York Dock Railroad

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Brooklyn 280380 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1960 EMD 12-567C 1200 105' 26' 13' sold 1978 to Crescent Towing, Savannah, GA;
renamed "Marion Smith"

renamed 1981 "Louise"

renamed "Florida"

Savannah, GA this vessel was the second tug to carry the name "Brooklyn" for New York Dock, and in commonly referred to as the "Brooklyn (2nd)

repowered

converted to twin screw

superstructure reconstructed, no longer has railroad tug appearance

 

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New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad

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Cordelia Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Cordelia 266145 344 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1952 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106' 27' 12' renamed "Transfer 23"

transferred 1969 to Penn Central

sold to 1972 to Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal

renamed "Petro Arrow"

renamed 1978 "Williamsburgh"

renamed 1979 the "Brooklyn III"

sold 1983 to New York Cross Harbor

scrapped 1996

Scrapped had a canvas canopy over boat deck

not to be confused with New York dock "Brooklyn III"

main engine failure in the early 1990s [4]

 
Bumblebee 265688 345 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1952 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 106 27' 12' renamed "Transfer 24"

transferred 1969 to Penn Central

sold 1972 to Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal
renamed "Petro Flame"

renamed 1978? "Greenpoint"

renamed 1979 "New Jersey"

sold 1983 to New York Cross Harbor,

renamed 1985 "Cross Harbor I"

sold 1998 to Eastern Towboat in Boston, MA.

sold 2007 to Yacht Club in Melville, RI, partially sunk

  out of service late 1980s due to main generator failure

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Pennsylvania Railroad

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Philadelphia Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Philadelphia   227 RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1954 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold: Eastern Shore RR (same name) in ?
sold: currently "Yemitzis" Henry Marine; NY, NY

New York, NY [3] repowered with a Fairbank Morse opposed piston;
rebuilt into a yacht.
Photo
Chicago 269169   RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1954 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel-electric

1600 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold: Eastern Shore RR "Chicago" date?

sold: to ? to become the "Accomack" date?

sold: to ? to become the "Staten Island" date?

currently "Cape Rosier",
Mack Point Towboats, Portland, ME.

  [3] scrapped April 2012, New Bedford, MA Photo


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Buffalo Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Buffalo 270907 8478 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island; NY
1957     105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1971 to Cape Fear Towing Co. as "Fort Caswell"

currently Moran "Fort Caswell", Wilmington NC.

Wilmington, NC repowered Photo
Cleveland 270908 8479 Bethlehem Steel;
Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1957     105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold ? to Cape Fear Towing Co. as "Fort Fisher"

currently Moran "Fort Fisher", Morehead City, NC.

Morehead City, NC repowered  


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New York Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
New York     Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1959 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sunk 1977 enroute to Crescent Towing

   
Harrisburg 280262   Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1959 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1978 to Crescent Towing renamed "Elizabeth Smith".

renamed 1993 "Louisiana".

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo
Pittsburgh 280263 3924 Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1959 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1975 to Crescent Towing renamed "Kyle Smith".

renamed 1991 "G. Shelby Friedrichs"

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo
Photo
Cincinnati 280095   Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1959 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1975 to Crescent Towing, renamed "Margaret F. Cooper"

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo
Photo
Indianapolis 280097   Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1959 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1974 to Crescent Towing renamed "Ned Ferry"

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo
Jersey City 280459 4025 Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1960 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1974 to Crescent Towing renamed "Glenn Smith"
renamed "Admiral Jackson"

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo
Photo
Trenton 280383   Dravo Corp.;
Pittsburgh, PA
1960 EMD 12-567C

diesel-clutch

1200 105' 26'   to Penn Central 1968

sold 1974 to Crescent Towing renamed "Jeanne".
renamed "Mississippi"

New Orleans, LA [1] [2] Photo

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Miscellaneous Pennsylvania RR tugs

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Altoona 203181?
203205?
203224?
  Sparrows Point Shipyard; Baltimore, MD 1906   665 s
1000 d/e
92' 24'  12.2'  sold 1970   [6]
gross tonnage: 186 tons
net tonnage: 126 tons 

repowered with diesel 1953

 
No. 16 749 Staten Island Shipbuilding;
Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
1924 diesel-electric             gross tonnage: 186 tons
First diesel-electric tugboat built in United States
[7]
 
Columbus     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1925 diesel-electric 150       Sold 1970?   Winton engine installed in Hoboken Marine Shops  
Toledo     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1925 diesel-electric 150       sold 1970?   Winton Engine installed in Hoboken Marine Shops  
Fort Wayne     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1925  diesel-electric 750       originally PRR No. 18;
sold 1971
  repowered from steam

 
Elmira     Newport News Shipbuilding;
Newport News, VA
1925   750         Charleston, SC    
Newark     RTC Shipbuilding;
Camden, NJ
1949 Fairbanks-Morse 38 D-8 1/8

diesel-electric

        renamed "Lewis G. Seabrook"of McAllister Towing, Charlestown.      
Rahway     Ira S. Bushey & Sons;
Brooklyn, NY
1942           details unknown, currently the "Pernell J" of an unknown company.      
Fred A. Cassidy     Jakobson Shipyard;
Oyster Bay, NY
1942   600 79' 21'   sold pre-1968 to Reichert Towing Line, Brooklyn NY.   powered with a Cleveland. renamed "Elizabeth" pre-1946. Last seen derelict in Newtown Creek, Queens, NY in 1980  

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Footnotes:
[1] All of Crescent Towings ex-PRR tugs have been rebuilt as twin screw boats with pretty much new everything. They have also been repowered. The "Louisiana" and "Ned Ferry" were repowered with Cat 3512Bs; while the "G. Shelby Friedrichs", "Margaret F. Cooper", "Admiral Jackson" and "Mississippi" were repowered using new GE V228 engines.
[2] All tugs that were sold to Crescent did not retain their appearance. All had pilothouses lowered and were repowered after arriving on Crescent Towing property.
[3] Both tugs had an Almon Johnson double drum towing winch locating in the back of the house with a wire capacity of 1800'.
[6] Ead Johnson's Steam Vessels of the Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Coasts, 1920; and Merchant Vessels of the United States, 1920; both list three tugboats having been built in 1906 at Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore MD: Pennsylvania RR No. 5, No. 10 and No. 14. It is currently not determined which particular vessel of these three was renamed "Altoona".
[7] Tugboats of New York, p200-205; G. Matteson 2005

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Reading Railroad

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Tamaqua Class

vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
Tamaqua 262886 207 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
.1951 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1970 to Mobile Towing, Mobile, AL; renamed
"J. Barton Greer"

sank 4/1979; sold to Bisso Marine

sold 1981 to Crescent Towing, New Orleans, LA; renamed "Nonie"
renamed 1988 "J. K. McLean".

sold 11/1998 to Signet Maritime, Houston, TX; renamed "Signet Defender".

sold 2009 to Marine Steel Transportation, NY; renamed"Edith Thornton"

sold 2011 to firm in South America; renamed "Cassidy" 

South America

rebuilt/repowered 1998 with a EMD 16-645. 2100 hp.

In Service

Photo
Pottsville 263176 208 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1951 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold 1966 to McAllister renamed "Michael J. McAllister"

sold 1970 to Mobile Towing Co. Mobile AL, arenamed "William A. Weber"

sold 1977 to American Pacific Industrial Leasing Corp., Portland, OR;
renamed "American Endeavor"

sold 1978 to E. N. Bisso & Son, New Orleans,  LA;
renamed "Beverly B."

sold 2008 to firm in Panama, renamed "Balviria"

Panama Rebuilt 2003 Photo
Shamokin 263382 209 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1952 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8

diesel-clutch

1600 110' 25'6" 12' sold unknown date to Tucker Towing Philadelphia, renamed 1991 "Russel B. Murray"

sold 1997 to Express Marine, Camden, NJ;
same name.

New Jersey   Photo

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Lehigh Class

Lehigh 266683 222 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1954 Fairbanks-Morse 6-38D 8 1/8 960 92'9" 25' 11'6" sold 1964? to Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Baltimore, MD; "Lehigh"

sold 1975 to Crescent Towing, New Orleans, LA; renamed "Craig Smith"

sold 2002 to firm in Mexico; renamed "Leo"

Mexico wheelhouse lowered, stack changed,

repowered with EMD 16-567,

[5]

 
Schuylkill 266934 223 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1954 Fairbanks-Morse 6-38D 8 1/8 960 92'9" 25' 11'6" last known as "Blue B"   [5]  
Delaware 267129 224 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1954 Fairbanks-Morse 6-38D 8 1/8 960 92'9" 25' 11'6" sold to Hayes Towboat, Chester, PA; renamed "Big Daddy" Chester, PA [5]  
Brandywine 267350 225 RTC Shipbuilding,
Camden, NJ
1954 Fairbanks-Morse 6-38D 8 1/8 1/8 960 92'9" 25' 11'6" sold unknown date to Eastern Towboat, Boston, MA; "Brandywine" Boston, MA  [5]  

Footnotes:

[5] These tugs were built for Reading Railroads carfloat operation on the Delaware River..

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Virginian Railway

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vessel name official # hull # builder year built original power
& drive type
horsepower length beam draft disposition current location notes photo
W. R. Coe 274347 372 Jakobson Shipyard; Oyster Bay, NY 1957 Cleveland 16-278A

diesel electric

1800 100' 27' 12' transferred 1959 to Norfolk & Western 
same name

sold 197_ to Boston Fuel Transport / Boston Towing
renamed "Karen Tibbetts
renamed "Ethel Tibbetts"

sold 2009 to Breakwater Marine Construction, Oyster Bay, NY
renamed "Deborah Quinn
"

Oyster Bay, NY Used for shipdocking work in Norfolk, VA  

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