McAllister Adds 4,290-HP Tug To Hampton Roads Fleet

Newest addition to the tugboat fleet of McAllister Brothers is the Eileen McAllister, a 4,290-hp vessel j ust put into operation at Norfolk, Va., for service in the growing Hampton Roads Harbor area.

The vessel was named for, and christened at the Norfolk International Terminal by Mrs. Eileen McAllister Donovan, a greatgranddaughter of Capt. James McAllister, who founded the marine transportation company in New York in 1864.

Present at the christening ceremonies were 200 distinguished guests and their spouses from the Norfolk Hampton Roads area.

Bruce McAllister, president of the marine towing company, stated in remarks during the christening ceremony: "The addition of the Eileen to our Hampton Roads fleet gives the port much needed additional service to handle its expanding marine traffic, and also makes available a modern seagoing vessel for ocean tows and offshore rescue work." The Eileen McAllister, which was designed by Donald C. Hankin of McAllister Brothers and constructed this year at Main Iron Works, Houma, La., joins a fleet of seven other company tugs in the area and will be the most powerful of them all. She is 123 feet overall, with a beam of 34 feet, depth of hold of 18 feet 6 inches, has a working draft of 16 feet 6 inches, and a speed of 141/G knots. Crew space for 10 men and storage fuel capacity and refrigeration for 25 days for ocean tows have been provided.

She is powered by two EMD 16- 645 E6A diesel engines.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Jun 15, 1977

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