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CHARLES BURTON
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2010, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #94) as the Charles Burton for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. She was the third Sassafras class tug constructed for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for Charles "Charley" Burton Hughes. The youngest son of the Vane Brothers Company President C. Duff Hughes.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 6500 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.04:1. Turning two, 87(in), Rolls Royce, four bladed, fixed pitch, propellers. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW, John Deere generator sets. The tug's capacities are 65,575 gallons of fuel, 2,068 gallons of lube oil, and 2,890 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of a single drum, JonRie InterTech towing winch. Driven by a single, John Deere 4045 diesel engine. With an electric, JonRie InterTech, deck capstan mounted on her stern.


  • Vessel Name: CHARLES BURTON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1220307
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9569449
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDF2455
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 94
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Length: 90.2
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 72
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN RD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC