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HELEN B. MORAN (1938)
Pictured as: the Will Colonna (Colonna's Shipyard) Photo by: Marc Piche

Built in 1938, by Jakobson Shipyard of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #276) as the Dauntless No. 12 for the Dauntless Towing Line of New York, New York.

In 1952, the Dauntless Towing Line renamed the tug as the Dauntless No. 2.

In 1955, the tug was acquired by the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Helen B. Moran.

In 1972, she was transferred to the Moran Towing Company affiliate, the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the West Point.

In 1973, the tug was acquired by the Norfolk Towing and Lighterage Company of Norfolk, Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Easton.

In 1973, the tug was acquired by Colonna's Shipyard of Norfolk, Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Will Colonna. Named for Captain William Colonna, who was the second President of the Colonna's Shipyard of Norfolk, Virginia. And, a partner in the Norfolk Towing and Lighterage Company of Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1992, the tug went out of documentation. Her current, and, or final disposition is unknown. Powered by a single, six cylinder, Enterprise diesel engine. Turning a single, fixed pitch, propeller. She was a single screw tug, rated at 600 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: HELEN B. MORAN (1938)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 237962
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 276
  • Ship Builder: JAKOBSON SHIPYARD, INC.
  • Year Built: 1938
  • Length: 68.2
  • Hull Depth: 9.8
  • Hull Breadth: 17.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 140
  • Net Tonnage: 95
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Dauntless No. 12, Dauntless No. 2, Helen B. Moran, West Point, Easton, Will Colonna.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Dauntless Towing Line Inc., Moran Towing Co., Curtis Bay Towing Co., Norfolk Towing and Lighterage Co., Colonna's Shipyard Inc.