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Diesel Powered Railroad Tugboats of the East Coast.
A synopsyse of all the railroad owned tugboats in the East



Pennsylvania Railroad


Philadelphia Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Philadelphia 227 RTC Shipbuilding 1954 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold to the Eastern Shore RR (same name) in ?-Sold?
-Currently the Yemitzis of Henry Marine, NY, NY.
New York, NY Repowered with a F-M OP, Built into a yacht. Photo
Chicago ? RTC Shipbuilding 1954 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold to the Eastern Shore RR (same name) in ?
-Sold to ? to become the Accomack in?.
-Sold to ? to become the Staten Island in ?
-Currently the Cape Rosier of Mack Point Towboats.
Portland, ME None Photo

Buffalo Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Buffalo 8478 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? HP/105'/26' -Sold 1975 to Cape Fear Towing Co. as Fort Caswell
-Now Moran (same name), Wilmington NC.
Wilmington, NC Repowered? Photo
Cleveland 8479 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? HP/105'/26' -Sold ? to Cape Fear Towing Co. as Fort Fisher
-Now Moran (same name), Morehead City, NC.
Morehead City, NC Repowered? Photo

New York Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
New York ? Dravo Corp. 1959 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' Sunk 1977 Unknown Notes Photo
Harrisburg 3924 Dravo Corp. 1959 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Elizabeth Smith
-Now Louisiana.
New Orleans, LA Note 1 Photo
Pittsburg ? Dravo Corp. 1959 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Kyle Smith.
-Currently there G. Shelby Friedrichs
New Orleans, LA Note 1 Photo
Photo
Cincinnati ? Dravo Corp. 1959 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Margaret F. Cooper New Orleans, LA -House lowered before rebuild
-Note 1
Photo
Indianapolis ? Dravo Corp. 1959 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Ned Ferry New Orleans, LA Note 1 Photo
Jersey City 4025 Dravo Corp. 1960 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1974 to Crescent Towing as there Glenn Smith
-Currently there Admiral Jackson
New Orleans, LA Note 1 Photo
Photo
Trenton ? Dravo Corp. 1960 EMD 12-567C 1200/105'/26' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Jeanne.
-Currently the Mississippi
New Orleans, LA Note 1 Photo
Photo
Note 1: All of Crescant Towings PRR tugs have been rebuilt as twin screw boats with pretty much new everything. They were also repowered. The Louisiana and Ned Ferry were repowered with Cat 3512Bs while the G. Shelby Friedrichs, Margaret F. Cooper, Admiral Jackson and Mississippi were done using new GE V228 engines.

Misc. PRR Diesel/Dieselized Tugboats
Name Builder Built Repowered HP/Length/Beam Disposition Notes Photo
Altoona Unknown 1906 1953 1000/?/? Sold 1970 Repowered from a 1000HP Steam Engine Photo
Columbus Newport News Shipbuilding 1925 Never 150/?/? Sold 1970? Winton Engine installed in Hoboken Marine Shops- Diesel Electric Drive Photo
Toledo Newport News Shipbuilding 1925 Never 150/?/? Sold 1970? Winton Engine installed in Hoboken Marine Shops- Diesel Electric Drive Photo
Fort Wayne (former PRR No. 18) Newport News Shipbuilding 1925 Never 750/?/? Unknown Diesel Electric Drive Photo
Elmira Newport News Shipbuilding 1925 Never 750/?/? sold 1971 Diesel Electric Drive Photo
Newark RTC Shipbuilding 1949 Never ?/?/? Unknown Currently the Lewis G. Seabrook of McAllister Towing of Charlestown. Photo
Rahway Ira S. Bushey & Sons 1942 Unknown propulsion ?/?/? Unknown Details unknown, Currently the Pernell J of an unknown company. Photo
Fred A. Cassidy Jakobson Shipyard 1942 Never 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, 1980 Photo



Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad
Hoboken Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Hoboken 8514 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold 1973 to McAllister as the Catherine McAllister
- Renamed the Eric M. McAllister 1978
Philadelphia, PA Repowered in 1981 with a GE 7FDL Photo
Buffalo 8515 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? ?/105'/26' -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 8516 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold 1974 to Baker-Whitely Towing, Baltimore MD.
-Became McAllister's James McAllister
Charlestown, SC Repowered in 1981 with a GE 7FDL Photo
Utica 8517 Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold ? to ? as there Thomas St. Philip.
-Currently the Mobile Power of Seabulk Towing Service.
Mobile, AL Stack modified. Photo
Nazareth ? Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1957 ? ?/105'/26' -Sold ? to ? as there Palmetto.
-Sold ? to Iberville Interests LLC as there Iberville II.
-Sold/Transfered to Rivco Acquisition Corp, same name.
-Operated by River Parishes Co., owned by Moran Towing.
New Orleans, LA ? None Photo


Misc. DL&W Diesel/Dieselized Tugboats
Name Builder Built Repowered HP/Length/Beam Disposition Notes Photo
Corning Newport News Shipbuilding 1908 Unknown ?/100'/25' Scrapped 1986 Details unknown Photo
Bath Newport News Shipbuilding 1908 1959 1800/100'/25' In service Owned by Hartley Marine of Maine, Powered with a Fairbanks Morse OP. Photo



Erie Railroad
Marion Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Paterson ? Jakobson Shipyard 1949 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in 196? to McAllister as there Steven McAllister
-Reefed in 2000
Off New Jersey The Paterson was the prototype boat, not the class boat. Photo
Photo
Marion ? Jakobson Shipyard 1952 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in ? to Crescent Towing as there Marion Smith.
-Traded to NYD Railway in 1978 as there Brooklyn III
-Renamed New York in 1979.
-Sold 1986 to Boston Fuel Transport as there Pleon.
- Sold 1998 to Eastport Port Authority as there Pleon
Eastport, ME None Photo
Hornell ? Jakobson Shipyard 1952 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in ? to Crescent Towing as there Virginia New Orleans, LA House was shortened, new stack Photo
Binghampton ? Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1953 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in 1973 to Meyle-Independent Pier as there Neptune.
-To Mcallister 1983 as there Reid McAllister
-Reefed 2004
Savannah,GA House shortened, new stack Photo
Akron ? Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1953 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in 1974 to McAllister as ther Patrick R. McAllister.
-Sold 2004 to Eastern Towboat, renamed Akron
Boston, MA None Photo
Elmira ? Bethlehem Steel (S.I.) 1953 Cleveland 12-278A 1200/94'/24' -Sold in 1977 to Donjon/Wittes. Scrapped 1984 None Photo


Cleveland Class
Cleveland 411/1046a Pusey & Jones 1930 Ingersoll-Rand 750/?/? Sold to BEDT in 1964 as there Integrity
Scrapped 1970?
Assumed scrapped None Photo
Rochester 412/1046b Pusey & Jones 1930 Ingersoll-Rand 750/?/? Disposition unknown Assumed scrapped Stack cut down for Harlem River Photo
Olean 413/1046c Pusey & Jones 1930 Ingersoll-Rand 750/?/? Sold to BEDT in 1964 as there Intrepid
Scrapped 1970?
Assumed scrapped None Photo
Scranton 414/1046d Pusey & Jones 1930 Ingersoll-Rand 750/?/? Sold to BEDT in 1964 as a parts boat
Scrapped 1970?
Assumed scrapped None Photo


Misc. Erie Dieselized Tugboats
Chicago Manitowoc Shipbuilding & Dry Dock 1913 1951 1200/90'/23' Unknown Original owners unknown, to Erie in 1935. Repowered in 1950 with a Cleveland 12-278A Photo



Lehigh Valley Railroad
Wilkes Barre Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Wilkes Barre 327 Jakobson Shipyard 1949 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Sold to Moran 1963 as there Julia C. Moran
-Out of documentation
Unknown Notes Photo
Hazleton 328 Jakobson Shipyard 1949 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Sold to Moran 1963 as there Marie Moran.
-Became the Marie Casho in 1984
-Sold to Portland Tug in 1986 as there Captain Bill
-Reefed 2004 as the Veronica M.
NJ Coast House lowered Photo
Video
Cornell 329 Jakobson Shipyard 1949 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Sold 1971 to Ross Towboat in Boston
-Ross aquired by Boston Fuel Transport 1979
-Became Boston Towings (Reinauer) Cornell
-Sold 2003 to private owned in MD
-Sold 2007 to Lehigh Maritime, in use.
Kingston, NY Built with lower pilot house and stack for Harlem River use Photo
Lehigh 330 Jakobson Shipyard 1950 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Sold 1973 to Curtis Bay Towing in Norfolk, VA as there Swan Point
-Transfered to Moran as there Swan Point
Reefed 2002 as the J.B. Eskridge
Chesapeake, VA Built with lower pilot house and stack for Harlem River use Photo
Capmoore 339 Jakobson Shipyard 1952 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Sold 1973 to Curtis Bay Towing in Norfolk, VA as there Hawkins Point
-Transfered to Moran as there Hawkins Point.
-Sold to Eastern Towboat for parts.
Boston, MA None Photo
Bethlehem 346 Jakobson Shipyard 1953 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' -Sold 1976 to Crescent Towing as there Shannon Smith
-Sold to Turecamo Towing as there Christopher B. Turecamo
-Now Morans Christopher B. Turecamo
Charleston, SC Repowered with an Alco 251 Photo



New Haven Railroad
Cordelia Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Cordelia 344 Builder 1952 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27' Renamed ? Transfer 23
-Sold 1972 to BEDT as there Petro Arrow
-Renamed Williamsburgh in 1978
-Renamed the Brooklyn III in 1979
-Sold to NY Cross Harbor 1983
Scrapped Main engine failure in the early 1990s, had a canvas canopy over boat deck Photo
Bumblebee 345 Builder 1952 Cleveland 16-278A 1600/106'/27'
Renamed ? Transfer 24
-Sold 1972 to BEDT as there Petro Flame
-Renamed Greenpoint in ?
-Renamed the New Jersey in 1979
-Sold to NY Cross Harbor 1983, renamed Cross Harbor I
-Sold 1998 to Eastern Towboat in Boston
Sold 2007 to a Rhode Island Yacht Club
half sunk Out of service in late 1980s Photo



Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Roy B. White Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Roy B. White ? RTC Shipbuilding 1953 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Sold 1979? to NYD, same name
-Sold 198? to Boston Fuel Transport as there Hercules
-Transfered to Boston Towing (Reinauer), same name
-Sold 2003 to Nigeria
Nigeria None Photo
Howard E. Simpson ? RTC Shipbuilding 1953 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Transfered to Hapton Roads (Chessie Shipdocking) 1975, same name
-Sold 1985 to Penobscot Bay Towing
-Sold 1988 to Russell Trip Bay State Towing as there Leonard J.
-Currently the Leonard J. of Thames Towboat
New London, CT Was repowered with another FM, same type. Crank case explosion (1999) at Bay State gutted engine room.
-Thames bought it (1999) with intention to rebuild, bought another tug instead. Hull sits idle as of last report
Photo
William C. Baker ? RTC Shipbuilding 1953 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Sold ? to Poling Bros. as there Jeannie C
-Sold ? to Krause Towing as there J.L. Krause
Baltimore, MD None Photo
Walter L. Prince 219 RTC Shipbuilding 1953 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Transfered to Hapton Roads (Chessie Shipdocking) 1975 as there Walter J. Tuohy.
-Sold ? to Reinauer as there Carol Wales
-Sold ? to Hayes Tug & Launch, Chester PA as there Scooby Doo
Sunk 8/2008, Raised and scrapped None Photo
Photo



Central Railroad of New Jersey
Liberty Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Liberty ? RTC Shipbuilding 1952 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Sold 1956 to B&O as there J.W. Philipps
-Transfered to Hapton Roads (Chessie Shipdocking) 1975 as there M.I. Dunn
Sold to Donjon/Wittes ? as there James M. Witte
Leased to Hepburn Marine, same name until 199?
Sold to Krause towing as there Theresa S. Krause
Baltimore, MD Repowered 2008 with an EMD. Built with a lower wheelhouse. Photo
Sandy Hook ? RTC Shipbuilding 1952 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -Sold 1971 to ? as there Fall River
Sold ? to Krause Towing as there Elizabeth Krause
Sold 2008 to a new owner in the Caribean
Caribean Repowered? Photo
Communipaw ? RTC Shipbuilding 1952 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' -To to Hapton Roads (Chessie Shipdocking) 1975 as there J. Speed Gray
-Sold ? to Maineport Towboats as there Mack Point
Portland, ME None Photo
Sound Shore ? RTC Shipbuilding 1952 Fairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8 1600/110'/26' History unknown unknown None Photo


Misc. CNJ Dieselized Tugboats
Name Builder Built Repowered HP/Length/Beam Disposition Notes Photo
Bethlehem Staten Island Shipbuilding 1915 ? ? Unknown Later the Dalzellera of Dalzell
-Last known as the D.E. McAllister
Photo



New York Central System

Note: NYC did not have any Diesel tugs in class, just misc. repower or early diesel tugs.
Misc. New York Central Tugs
Name Builder Built Repowered HP/Length/Beam Disposition Notes Photo
NYC No. 34 Staten Island Shipbuilding? 1926 1966 Unknown Sold 1969 Built with 2 Ingersoll-Rands/GE electric gear. Repowered in 66' with Baldin VO's. Photo
NYC No. 25 T.S. Marvel 1908 1952 1200/?/? Unknown Repowered by Jakobson Shipyard with a Cleveland 12-278A Photo
NYC No. 3 J. H. Dialogue & Son 1886 1941/1951 1600/100'/22' Scrapped 2008 Originally the CC Clark of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad (1886-1912)
-1913 - 1914 She was named the NEW YORK CENTRAL #3
-1915 - 1917 the A. W. WHITEMAN
-1918 - 1941 the CORONA
-1942 - 1962 the N. H. DeBARDELEBEN
-1963 - 1994 SHAMROCK
-1995 - 2002 SUSAN ELIZABETH
- 2 Steam repowerings, REpowered in 1941 with an unknown diesel. Repowered in 1951 with a Fairbanks Morse.
Photo
NYC No. 13 J. H. Dialogue & Son 1887 1950? ?/82'/19'6" Under restoration -Later the Hay-Dee of Kosnac Floating Derrick. Currently in private ownership under restoration. Photo


Reading Railroad


Tamaqua Class
Name Hull # Builder Built Power HP/Length/Beam Disposition Current Location Notes Photo
Tamaqua 207 RTC Shipbuilding 1951 FM 38D-8 1/8 1600/104'/27' In Service NY -Renamed J.Barton Greer,1970
-To Daulphin Island Co., Wilmington, Delaware, 1977
-Sold 1979 to Crescent Towing,New Orleans, as there J. K. McLean.
-Sold 2003 to Signet Maritime, Houston, and renamed Signet Defender.
-Currently the Edith Thornton of Marine Steel Transportation
- Rebuilt/repowered 1998 with a 16-645.
Photo
Pottsville 208 RTC Shipbuilding 1951 FM 38D-8 1/8 1600/104'/27' In service New Orleans -Sold 1966 to McAllister as there Michael J. McAllister
-Sold 1970 to Mobile Towing Co. Mobile AL, as there William A. Weber
-Sold 1977 to American Pacific Industrial Leasing Corp., Portland, Oregon, and renamed American Endeavor.
-Sold 1978 to E. N. Bisso &Son, New Orleans, and renamed Beverly B. .
-Sold to Panama 2008
-Rebuilt 2003
Photo
Shamokin 209 RTC Shipbuilding 1952 FM 38D-8 1/8 1600/104'/27' In service New Jersey - Sold ? to Tucker Towing Philadelphia, renamed Russel B. Murray in 1991.
-Sold to Express Marine, Camden, New Jersey in 1997 as same name.
Photo



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