Built in 1967, by the Gulfport Shipbuilding Corporation of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #688) as the Joan Moran for the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York.
In 1980, the tug was transferred to the Moran Towing Corporation's affiliate the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Cape Cod
In 1988, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was absorbed into the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.
Powered by two, sixteen cylinder, EMD diesel engines. Turning two, bronze, fixed pitch, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,900 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two 100kW generator sets. The tug's capacites are 54,155 gallons of fuel, and 3,170 gallons of ballast.