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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: William J. McCarthy

Other name(s): A.T.S. Tug No. 6; Alice St. Philip; Central; Vixen

Ship owner: Becker Towing Co.; Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.; Michigan Limestone Co.; Port Everglades Towing Co.; St. Philip Coastal Towing Co.; U.S. Army Quartermasters Dept.

Ship builder: Johnston Brothers, Ferrysburg, Michigan

Engine builder: Montague Iron Works

Year ship built: 1912

Year engine built: 1897

Final disposition: Abandoned, USMV., 1978.


Steam engines from Wm. McCarthy of 1897 (fore and aft) later replaced with a diesel.



b) A.T.S. Tug No. 6

c) Central

d) Vixen

e) Alice St. Philip


1) Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

2) U. S. Army Quarter Masters Corps

3) Michigan Limestone Co.

4) Becker Towing Co.

5) Port Everglades Towing Co. (1966)

6) St. Philip Coastal Towing Co., Tampa, Florida

Registry number: US. 209789

Hull number: 48

Vessel type: Tug

Height: 10.3

Width: 21

Length: 82

Stroke length: 26 in.

Gross tonnage: 98

Net tonnage: 40

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Steam

Piston 1: 15.5 in.

Piston 2: 34 in.

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