Built in 1968, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #200) as the Challenger for the Interstate Oil Transportation Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At the time, the Interstate Oil Transportation Company operated two fleets. Their Northeast Fleet, which was referred to as the "Green Fleet." Operated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And their Southern Fleet, which was referred to as the "White fleet" which operated out of Tampa, Florida.
However, over the years many changes came to Interstate Oil, when a company called Southern National Resources (also known as the SONAT Marine Company) acquired the Interstate Oil Transportation Company. Eventually, a group of managers at the SONAT Marine Company offered to form a partnership to raise the funds necessary to purchase the SONAT Marine Company subsidiary. These eleven partners included some individuals who had worked for the Interstate Oil Transportation Company since the 1950's.
On April 14th, 1987 the Martians Partnership, LLP of Tampa, Florida was formed. And, assumed control of the SONAT Marine Company's tug, and barge operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as in Tampa, Florida.
However in March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound near Valdez, Alaska. And in 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was passed calling for the double hulling of all petroleum carrying vessels by January 1st of 2015. As well, as other stipulations that effected Maritrans including manning, preparedness, and spill prevention. Maritrans filed suit to fight the stipulations set fourth by OPA '90.
By the mid 1990's Maritrans Operating Partners had begun to consolidate its business. By first, backing out of the black oil trade, and carrying only petroleum products and petrochemicals. As well as, the phosphate trade, and local transportation in Baltimore, Maryland that was part of the Harbor Towing subsidiary. Which did not fit into Maritrans's new business model. As Maritrans backed out, local transportation companies emerged, and established operations in the area. They included the Bouchard Transportation Company of Melville, New York; and the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.
In 1997, the tug was acquired by the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Betty Jean Turecamo.
In 1998, the 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 2004, she was acquired by the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the McAllister Girls.
Powered by two, sixteen cylinder, EMD 16-645-CE2 diesel engines. With Haley 2135 reduction gears, at ratio a of 3.5:1. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch propellers. For a rated 3,600 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 60kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 35,663 gallons of fuel.
The towing equipment consists of a Markey, single drum, towing winch. Equipped with 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire.
(Ralph W. Hooper, Rodney P. Carlisle, Captain Eric Takakjian)