New Tugboat Is First In Delaware Waters In Over 50 Years

Beckman, Limited of Wakefield, R.I., builder of antique and classic launches and tugboats, recently delivered a 30-foot steam tugboat to Peter Van der Veld of Malvern, Pa. Moored on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, this new tugboat is the first in Delaware waters in over fifty years.

The Bridget 30 tugboat is one of several steam and diesel tugboats, ranging in length from 22 to 45 feet, built by the Rhode Island firm. She is powered by an oil-fired steam boiler made by Hobby Steam Boilers, Limited, of Slocum, R.I., driving a Semple Model 354 compound steam engine.

Designed as a pleasure vessel, the tug sleeps two forward, has an enclosed head, complete galley, and living area with settees for four aft.

The steam boiler, engine and machinery are located amidships in a well-ventilated engine room. Cruising range is about 500 miles, which permits her to fully explore her home waters of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 19,  Dec 1990

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