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BEE
Photo courtesy of: Captain Ric Shrewsbury

Built in 1901, by N.C. Peterson of Everett, Washington as the Nellie Pearson for Everett Tug and Barge Company of Everett, Washington.

In 1917, Everett Tug and Barge was acquired by the Independent Towing Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1921, the tug was rebuilt and repowered with a 100 horsepower diesel. At that time she was renamed as the Bee.

The Independent Towing Company eventually merged operations with the Washington Tug and Barge Company of Seattle, Washington.

In 1964, the tug was acquired by the Western Towboat Company of Seattle, Washington. Where she retained her name.

In 1972, she was acquired by an individual named Keith Sternberg of Tacoma, Washington. Where the tug retained her name and, was repowered with a 130 horsepower Atlas diesel engine.

The tug was then acquired by an individual named Gary Duff. Where she retained her name.

She was eventually acquired by an individual named Willam A. Hack. Where she retained her name, and was converted to a recreational vessel.

The vessel was the acquired by an individual named John L. Stewart. Where she remained a recreational vessel, and retained her name. Her current and, or final disposition is unknown.

Originally powered with a single steam engine. Later repowered with a 100 horsepower diesel engine. Then repowered with a Superior diesel engine, rated at 260 horsepower. In 1964, she was repowered with a single Caterpillar 342 diesel engine, for a rated 240 horsepower. In 1972, she was repowered with a single Atlas diesel engine, rated at 130 horsepower.
(Captain Ric Shrewsbury)


  • Vessel Name: BEE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 130900
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WA2776
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: NC PETERSON
  • Year Built: 1901
  • Length: 57.8
  • Hull Depth: 7
  • Hull Breadth: 15
  • Gross Tonnage: 27
  • Net Tonnage: 18
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Nellie Pearson, BEE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Everett Tug and Barge Co., Independent Towing Co., Washington Tug & Barge Co., Western Towboat Co., Keith Sternberg, Gary Duff, WILLIAM A HACK, JOHN L STEWART