McAllister Acquires Baker-Whiteley— Now Offers Baltimore-Based Marine Services

McAllister Brothers, Inc. recently announced the merger into its organization of Baker-Whiteley Towing Co., one of the two major tug operators in the Port of Baltimore. The announcement was made by Anthony J. McAllister Jr., president of the New York, N.Y.-based towing and transportation company, which also serves the Ports of New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and San Juan.

This merger adds complete coverage for McAllister towing services throughout the important Chesapeake Bay area. It brings to a total of over 100 the number of tugs and barges which McAllister operates in its marine towing and transportation services along the U.S. East Coast, in the Caribbean, Pacific, and the Arabian Gulf. Both McAllister and Baker-Whiteley each have over 100 years of marine expertise, and modern vessels and experienced crews, he said.

According to the announcement, Baker-Whiteley will c o n t i n u e to operate as a subsidiary of McAllister under the direction of Capt.

Thomas J. Murphy Jr. Operating from its berthing facilities at Recreation Pier, close to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Baker- Whiteley operates six tugs which can handle the largest vessels that call on the port. The company has 55 employees.

Baker-Whiteley has a rich tradition in the maritime industry, starting out in 1878 selling and transporting coal to steamships, tugs, lighters and shore facilities.

As the demand for tug services increased, the company expanded its fleet, becoming almost wholly engaged in supplying tug power assistance to many of the l a r g e s t American and foreign steamships.

Captain Murphy, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, joined Ramsey, Scarlett & Co., after a successful sea career.

He joined Baker-Whiteley in 1971, and became its seventh president in 1976.

The McAllister name has been associated with marine transportation in the Port of New York for over 115 years, through four g e n e r a t i o n s of the McAllister family. Current ownership of the company includes a group of four McAllisters, brothers and cousins —great-grandsons of the founder— all of whom have grown up close to the marine transportation industry.

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