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Built in 1983, by Coastal Pilot Incorporated of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. As the Capt. Ben for SeaBoats Incorporated of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

While under the ownership of SeaBoats Incorporated. The Capt. Ben was used for the Kevin Costner film "Thirteen Days.

A film that depicted the Cuban Missile Crisis. Filming required tugs to tow the Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. to a site off of the Rhode Island Coast for filming. SeaBoats Incorporated was contracted to perform the move.

The tugs Capt. Ben and the Carl Ray. Towed the destroyer off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island for a week while filming was underway with a crew of cadet rom the Marine Maritime Academy of Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts performed as extras. Through computer graphics technology, the tow lines extending between the tugs and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. were erased. However, the wakes were faintly visible in the final cut of the film.

In 2006, she was acquired by Hunt Marine Incorporated of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Where she was renamed as the Hunt Girls.

In 2014, the tug was scrapped at Tottenville Marina in Tottenville, Staten Island; New York. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)

  • Vessel Name: HUNT GIRLS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 657666
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD4526
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: COASTAL PILOT INC
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Length: 67.1
  • Hailing Port: NARRAGANSETT, RI.
  • Hull Depth: 10.2
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 73
  • Net Tonnage: 49
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Capt Ben, HUNT GIRLS
  • Previous Vessel Owners: