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SOCRATES
Photo by: Denise Dixon Deihl

Built in 1966, by Burton Shipyard, Incorporated of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #369).

(It is unclear whether the tug was renamed as the Socrates before or as a result of her being acquired by Allied Transportation.)

She is a twin screw tug powered by twin eight cylinder Fairbanks Morse Diesel engines for a rated 3,200 horsepower.

Her main engines where taken from two retired Long Island Railroad locomotives (#1504 and #1509). The engines where rebuilt before being installed in the Socrates.

In 2012, the tug was reported as sold to foreign interests.
(William Lafferty, Paul Strubeck)


  • Vessel Name: SOCRATES
  • USCG Doc. No.: 502838
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7216555
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBE2534
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 369
  • Ship Builder: BURTON SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 113.8
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, SC
  • Hull Depth: 10.5
  • Hull Breadth: 29.3
  • Gross Tonnage: 194
  • Net Tonnage: 132
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Socrates
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    ALLIED TRANSPORTATION LLC, Allied Transportation