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HELEN D. COPPEDGE
Pictured as: the Sarah D. (New York State Marine) Photo by: Glenn Raymo

Built in 1975, by Putnam Shipbuilding of Palatka, Florida (hull #21) as the Lauren S. Coppedge for Wayland T. Coppedge Jr. of the White Stack Towing Company of Jacksonville, Florida.

However, the the White Stack Towing Company later renamed the tug as the Helen D. Coppedge.

In 1978, the White Stack Towing Company was acquired by the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1998, the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation was acquired by the the Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2016, she was acquired by the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company of Troy, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Sarah D.

She is twin screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: HELEN D. COPPEDGE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 566998
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7400510
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCA5274
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 21
  • Ship Builder: PUTNAM SHIPBUILDING
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 89.8
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 12.1
  • Hull Breadth: 28.9
  • Gross Tonnage: 162
  • Net Tonnage: 110
  • Owner:
    NEW YORK STATE MARINE HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION LLC
    427 RIVER ST
    PO BOX 1216
    TROY, NY 12180
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Lauren S. Coppedge, HELEN D. COPPEDGE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    White Stack Towing Co., Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corp., MORAN TOWING CORPORATION, MORAN TOWING CORPORATION