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CHARLES BURTON
Photo by: Birk Thomas

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

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

Named for Charles "Charley" Burton Hughes. The youngest son of Vane Brothers president C. Duff Hughes. The tug is the second tug to bare the name for Vane Brothers. The original Charles Burton was sold in 2009 to Winslow Marine of Falmouth, Maine.

Powered by two Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines rated at 1,500 horsepower each with Twin Disc MG 6500 reduction gears at a ratio of 6.04:1 turning two Rolls Royce 87(in) four bladed propellers for a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Electrical service is provided by two John Deere 99 kW generators. The tug's towing gear consists of JonRie InterTech towing winch, with a JonRie InterTech deck capstan 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