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THOMAS E. MORAN (1938)
Pictured as: the Statesboro (Zenith Tugboat Company) Photo by: Unknown

Built in 1938, by Dafoe Shipyard of Bay City, Michigan (hull #161) as the as Thomas E. Moran for Moran Towing of New York, New York.

The tug was acquired by the United States Navy on the 28th of November 1940, where she was renamed and classified as YN-46 (Namontack) a Yard Net Tender. She was converted to a Net Tender at the New York Navy Yard and placed into service on the 18th of March 1941; at New York, New York.

She was later allocated to the Commandant of the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia.

The tug was reclassified as a Net Tender Tug YNT-14 on the 1st of May 1942. And then later as YTB 738. She was placed out of service on the 21st of August 1946.

She was sold on the 30th of April 1947, back to Moran Towing of New York, New York. Where she was renamed Thomas E. Moran.

However, she was then later renamed as the Harriet Moran.

In 1975, she was acquired by the Wallin Marine Corporation, of Staten Island, New York where she was renamed as the Viking.

She was then acquired by McAllister Towing of Georgetown, South Carolina where she was renamed as the Sharon Elizabeth. The tug was later renamed by McAllister as the Georgetown.

The tug was later acquired by the Zenith Tug Boat Company of Duluth, Minnesota. Where she was renamed as the Statesboro.

She was eventually acquired by Busch Marine Services of Freeland, Michigan. Where she was renamed as the Barbara Merry Busch.

Her current and or final disposition is unknown.


  • Vessel Name: THOMAS E. MORAN (1938)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 237794
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 5143235
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WB5851
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 161
  • Ship Builder: DEFOE SHIPYARD, INC.
  • Year Built: 1938
  • Length: 89.4
  • Hailing Port: CLEVELAND, OH.
  • Hull Depth: 10
  • Hull Breadth: 25.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 149
  • Net Tonnage: 101
  • Owner:
    BUSCH MARINE SERVICES
    7049, Midland Road
    Freeland MI
    48623-8806, USA.
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Thomas E. Moran, Namontak (YN 46), YNT 14, YTB 738, Thomas E. Moran, Harriet Moran, Viking, Sharon Elizabeth, Georgetown, Statesboro, Barbara Merry Busch
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Moran Towing, United States Navy, Moran Towing, MCALLISTER TOWING OF GEORGETOWN, ZENITH TUGBOAT COMPANY, BUSCH MARINE INC.