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ALEX McALLISTER
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1985, by Eastern Marine, Incorporated of Panama City, Florida (hull #91) as the Winslow C. Kelsey for the General Dynamics Corporation of Needham, Massachusetts.

Originally built to perform submarine assist, and coastal towing duties for the General Dynamics Corporation at their Electric Boat facility in Groton, Connecticut.

Named for Winslow "Skip" Kelsey. An employee of the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut. Who in 1955 was honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard Lighthouse Service. Upon retiring he sailed as Master the Electric Boat Corporation tugs Hackensack and Three Deuces. He also sailed as master on the tug that was bore is namesake. Captain Winslow Kelsey passed away in 2009.

The tug was later chartered to American Tugs Incorporated of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Where the tug retained her name. She served as an assist tug at the LNG Terminal in Guayanilla, Pueto Rico.

In 1997, the tug went on charter to the A.P. St. Phillip Company of Tampa, Florida. Where she retained her name. A.P. St. Phillip would later become Hvide Marine of Tampa, Florida.

In 2008, the tug was acquired by Arthur Fournier of Fournier Towing of Belfast, Maine. Where she retained her name. She served as an escort/assist tug in the New England.

Powered by two EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines, with two Ulstein 1650 "z-drive" units fitted with two 92(in) stainless steel propellers. For a rated 4,300 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 175 KW 480V generators driven by two Detroit 8V-71 engines. The tug's Capacities are 58,208 gallons of fuel oil, 911 gallons of lube oil, 10,000 gallons of ballast, and 7,692 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of a Skagit 55 single drum towing winch outfitted with 2,400(ft) of 2.25(in) stainless steel wire with a line pull of 175,000 pounds. On her bow she is fitted with a JonRie Series 230 winch and a Skagit capstan with a 10,000 pound line pull on her stern. She is an ABS, A1 Towing, AMS classed tug.

In 2012, the tug was acquired by McAllister Towing and Transportation of New York, New York. Where the she was renamed as the Alex McAllister.
(Chris Scarborough, Brandon Durar)


  • Vessel Name: ALEX McALLISTER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 6935590
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 86011590
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE3784
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 91
  • Ship Builder: EASTERN MARINE INC
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Length: 87
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 13.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 194
  • Net Tonnage: 132
  • Owner:
    MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTAITON
    17 BATTERY PLACE
    NEW YORK, NY 10004
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    WINSLOW C. KELSEY
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    QUINCY MARITIME CORPORATION / General Dynamics, American Overseas, American Tugs Inc., Portland Towboat, STAMFORD SERVICES INC