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PHILIP TURECAMO
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Built in 1956, by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #486) as the Grampus for the Suderman and Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

Also, the Suderman and Young Towing Company along with the Bay Houston Towing Company of Houston, Texas. Maintain an operating company, the G and H Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

In 1990, the tug was acquired by the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Philip Turecamo.

In 1998, Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation was acquired by the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2005, she was acquired by the Tug Fells Point Foundation of Port Haywood, Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Oxnard. And the tug was utilized primarily, as a teaching platform for for high school seniors of Matthews, Virginia.

In 2009, the tug was acquired by Mullane Brothers Marine Transportation of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was converted for passenger use, and renamed as the America.

However, the tug is no longer listed in documentation. Her current and or final disposition is unknown. She was a single screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: PHILIP TURECAMO
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0271039
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 05134715
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Fishery, Recreational, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBR-7820
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 486
  • Ship Builder: GULFPORT SHIPBUILDING COR
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Length: 100.5
  • Hailing Port: NORFOLK, VA.
  • Hull Depth: 11.5
  • Hull Breadth: 27.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 129
  • Net Tonnage: 88
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Grampus, PHILIP TURECAMO, OXNARD, AMERICA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Suderman and Young Towing Co., Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corp, MORAN TOWING CORPORATION, TUG "FELLS POINT" FOUNDATION, MULLANE BROS MARINE TRANSPORTATION LLC